The proposals follow an initial round of public consultation that the Government concluded early this year, with the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher saying it was clear from earlier stakeholder feedback that the main features of the Telecommunications in New Developments (TIND) policy “remain appropriate, but changes can be made to improve the market’s operation and simplify the policy going forward”.
Minister Fletcher said that under the proposed update of the policy, the provision of telecommunications networks in new real estate developments, including pit and pipe and active networks, will continue to be the responsibility of developers”.
“A key proposal is that the current charges levied by NBN Co on developers would become caps. NBN Co would be able to charge below the cap, which would put downward pressure on prices.
“NBN would also have greater flexibility to install competing infrastructure where it is commercially viable, giving it more scope to respond to competition, subject to the usual competition and competitive neutrality rules,” the Minister stressed.
The proposed changes seek to place the provision of telecommunications in new developments on a more sustainable footing for the future, and also take into account the proposed statutory infrastructure provider laws that are currently before the Parliament.
Consistent with those laws, carriers will be responsible for servicing the developments where they have been contracted to provide infrastructure.
The Government is also developing wholesale service standards that will apply to statutory infrastructure providers servicing new developments, and submissions to the Government on the proposed policy are due by 5pm on Monday 8 June.