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The Federal Government is reviewing arrangements for telecommunications in new developments with the aim of helping to drive competition and ensure access to high-quality infrastructure in new areas.

Australia's current Telecommunications in New Developments (TIND) policy, released in March 2015, provides the framework for the access, while also aimed at fostering competition between network providers to service developments.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said while the broad approach in the policy remains appropriate for the future, the Government is interested in “whether there are areas for improvement and wants interested parties to have their say”.

“Telecommunications is a key part of everyday life and we want to make sure that people moving into new properties have ready access to modern telecommunications services,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The current policy is now almost five years old, and a lot has changed in the sector.

“NBN Co is now the fixed-line network provider for the majority of the population and the National Broadband Network is on track for completion in mid-2020, making it timely to review the policy.”

A paper is available on the Department of Communications and the Arts’ website, providing background on the policy and areas for comments including developer and carrier obligations, charges, competition, and network and service standards.

Submission to the review are due by 17 January 2020.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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