Monday, 13 August 2018 06:29

ACCC proposes takeover of Internet activity reports

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a discussion paper proposing to take over the collection of Internet activity data, a task which the Australian Bureau of Statistics said that it would be stopping.

The ABS issued its final survey in June. The ACCC said in its paper that it was proposing a new record keeping rule, called the Internet Activity RKR. The paper was published on Thursday to seek comment from industry participants, other stakeholders and the public.

The competition watchdog intends to start collection and analysis of Internet activity from the December 2018 reporting period onwards. It said the data collected would be used to generate reports on:

  • retail market shares for fixed, mobile and wireless broadband services;
  • Internet subscribers by access technology;
  • volume of data downloaded by access technology; and
  • broadband data usage per customer.

The data collected will also be used to assist with reporting on prices paid by the public for telecommunications services.

While the ABS was collecting data from more than 1000 Internet service providers, the ACCC intends to limit its scope to collection of data from Telstra, TPG, Vocus, Optus, Vodafone, Australian Private Networks, Harbour ISP, IPStar Australiaa, SkyMesh, Aussie Broadband and MyRepublic.

Submissions on the proposal must be sent in by 21 September and can be sent to iarkr@accc.gov.au.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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