iTWire contacted the five biggest telcos — Telstra, Optus, TPG, Vocus and Vodafone — to find out their reaction but only two responded with a reaction.
Telstra and TPG did not reply, while Vocus said its authorised spokesperson, chief executive Geoff Horth, was in meetings the whole of Friday.
Presumably, Horth was occupied with weightier matters like the proposed shareholder class action against Vocus for allegedly misleading investors.
The legislation will be reviewed in three years.
Australia's second largest telco Optus said the company supported proposals aimed at improving security in the sector and government initiatives that furthered the same objective.
"We will be working through the logistics of the reforms with government over the implementation period," the spokesperson added.
A Vodafone spokesperson said the company took security very seriously.
"We already have stringent systems, processes and policies in place to safeguard our network, and are working closely withgovernment and industry to counter continually-evolving threats. We will continue to comply with all our legal obligations," the spokesperson added.
The reactions contrast somewhat sharply with the chorus of apprehension expressed by industry lobby groups in February.
At that time, the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Information Industry Association, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association and Communications Alliance sent a joint submission to the committee looking at the bill, expressing numerous concerns.
The joint submission stated that some of the issues were vague drafting, regulatory overreach, the risk that telecommunications service providers could be forced by government to dismantle or retro-fit existing communications networks and the risk that innovation would be hampered and competitively disadvantage businesses.
The bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security made numerous recommendations on 30 June, all of which were accepted by the government.