Wednesday, 02 December 2015 22:04

Comms Alliance welcomes Gov’t move towards phone numbering framework

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The Alliance says it welcomes the introduction to Federal Parliament of legislation which aids a transition to an Australian industry-managed telephone numbering management framework.

The Communications Alliance says that ‘the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 and consequent legislation would create a ‘heads of power’ that – subject to conditions being met – can be used to move the management of numbering away from the regulator and into the hands of industry.’

John Stanton, Communications Alliance CEO said: “This is a sensible deregulatory reform, toward which industry has been working with Government for some time.

“Similar arrangements have worked well in other countries, generating more agile, cost-effective and dynamic systems for managing numbering – to the benefit of consumers and industry alike.

“Communications Alliance and its members are working on the detail of how an industry-managed scheme should best be structured and operated. “When this work is completed in the near future we will release a detailed proposal and undertake consultation with all interested stakeholders, to help finalise the proposition,” said Stanton.

Stanton commended the Minister for Communications & the Arts, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield and his Department for bringing forward the platform for the reform.

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He noted his particular acknowledgment of ‘the valuable collaborative work undertaken with industry by the former Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, (and now Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government) the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, to formulate the original proposal.’

The Communications Alliance says its prime mission 'is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance.’

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