The Senate's Environment and Communications Legislation Committee recommended in its report on Friday that "additional transparency measures, which provide details of NBN Co's off-set arrangements and the effective management of these arrangements" be implemented.
The panel added that "after due consideration to the [previous] recommendation, the committee recommends that the bills be passed".
The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill 2019 (CC Bill) and the Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2019 (RBS Bill) were referred to the committee last year.
The two bills propose the following reforms:
- "making amendments to network rules that apply to superfast carriage services provided to residential and small business customers other than the NBN;
- "introducing statutory infrastructure provider (SIP) obligations; and
- "establishing a regional broadband scheme to provide for the funding of NBN Co satellite and fixed wireless services for rural and regional areas."