Monday, 11 April 2016 14:07

CCC cries crikey over NBN and Telstra cable co-operation

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The Competitive Carriers’ Coalition (CCC) says ‘the latest deal between the NBN and Telstra raises serious questions about how much consumers and competitors are being compromised.’

The CCC is openly questioning ‘how much consumers and competitors are being compromised in order to speed up the delivery of the NBN in areas where it is dependent on Telstra’s technology.’

iTWire covered news of the deal in an article this morning entitled: "Telstra secures massive $1.6 billion NBN deal.

The deal also sparked competitive ACCC concerns, which iTWire also covered this morning in an article entitled "HFC deal sparks ACCC 'competitive' concerns on Telstra NBN work.

The coalition states that “The contract between NBN and Telstra to have Telstra convert its pay TV network into part of the NBN sits outside of the measures designed to protect competition under their original plans and agreement.

“It therefore raises risks that Telstra will be able to gain advantages over every other retailer because it will have more information than any other retailer about when, where and how NBN will be turned on.

“The risks of Telstra using the period during the rollout of the NBN to entrench itself were recognised as serious enough to require special arrangements when the NBN was first planned.

“However, commitments such as Telstra’s obligation to treat other retailers presently reliant on its copper network to access customers in the same way as Telstra’s own retail arm do not apply to the pay TV network.”

More below, please read on. 

CCC Chairman Matt Healy said: “This is a very serious threat to consumers and competition.

“It is imperative that the proposals to protect competition that the NBN and Telstra have presented to the ACCC are made public, not negotiated in secret and foisted on the market.

“The move to a multi technology mix was supposed to make the NBN rollout faster, not make it more secretive and less competitive, and consumers and competitors need to be able to comment on whether the private contract between NBN and Telstra protects their interests,” Healy concluded.

OPINION:

It makes us wonder whether the multi-technology mix that has been branded Malcolm Turnbull’s Mistake can get any messier, or whether this is a dose of merry technological medicine that will finally accelerate the NBN’s rollout.

Either way… it seems no matter what the NBN does, or who it does deals with, someone isn’t happy about it.

The ones left in the lurch? Australians stuck on Jurassic-era broadband.

It makes you wish velociraptors were real so they could make a meal of our useless politicians, telcos and everyone else making the suppopsedly co-called superfast NBN roll out at the pace of a snail travelling atop a turtle trawling through treacherous treacle, which is a terrible technological tragedy. 

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