Issue No 6: 9 March 2015



  • Rewind/Fast Forward: 25 March 2015 - Register here
  • The ACOMMS Awards 2015: 16 July 2015 -  Register here
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Use of subsection 313 (3) of the Act to disrupt illegal online services

Communications Alliance and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) jointly represented industry at a public hearing for the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications Inquiry into the use of subsection 313 (3) of the Telecommunications Act by government agencies to disrupt illegal online services (e.g. by blocking websites). The Associations put forward that the addition of a new section to the Act, specifically designed to address requests to block websites (similar to section 315) would introduce a greater level of certainty for industry and government agencies when dealing with such requests. However, the Associations also highlighted the usefulness of the current section 313 as its rather broad approach allows industry to provide the reasonable necessary assistance to agencies where such requests are not covered by the Act or other legislation.

Commenting on the remaking of ACMA legislative instruments and licences

Communications Alliance has provided recent submissions on two proposals by the ACMA, to remake the Radiocommunications (Low Interference Potential Devices) (LIPD) Class Licence and to remake the Telecommunications (Section of Telecommunications Industry) Determination.

Among the changes to the LIPD Class Licence is the proposal to add the 3400–4800 MHz frequency band to the class for ultra-wideband (UWB) transmitters. Communications Alliance has concerns that this may pose a potential risk to C-Band satellite services, fixed links and various forms of wireless broadband services operating in this band. Communications Alliance is recommending that any decision be held off until the technical compatibility of UWB devices with existing services has been demonstrated, that there is real demand for this spectrum to be allocated to UWB applications and that the international regulatory environment for C-band has stabilised.

The second submission, on the Telecommunications (Section of Telecommunications Industry) Determination, is part of an automatic process being carried out by the ACMA to remake legislative instruments that are approaching their sunset date.   The role of the Determination is to specify that ‘cabling service operators’ is a section of the telecommunications industry. Communications Alliance agrees with the ACMA’s conclusion that this Determination is operating effectively and should be remade without any significant changes.

Both submissions can be found at the Communications Alliance submissions page.

The ACOMM Awards 2015 – Nominations Open

Nominations for the awards close on 17 April 2015.  Full details of the awards and criteria are available at http://www.acomms.com.au/nominations.php


Rewind/Fast Forward - Celebrate the Internet's 20th anniversary


Join Communications Alliance at Rewind/Fast Forward, a one-day event celebrating 20 years in of the commercial internet in Australia on Wednesday 25 March 2015 in Sydney.

Take a stroll down memory lane as we Rewind through the last twenty years, and Fast Forward to make predictions for the next ten, is a series of short, sharp presentations with plenty of question time.

Hear from:
Mark Armstrong - Director, Network Insight Institute
Luke Carruthers - General Partner, 25fifteen
Simon Hackett - founder of Internode
Michael Malone - founder of iiNet
Mark Scott - Managing Director, ABC
David Spence - Chairman, Vocus Communications
plus experts on field robotics, big data, the sharing economy, digital content, disruption and more!

Rewind/Fast Forward
When: Wednesday 25 March, 2015, 9am-5.30pm (followed by drinks and networking)
Where: Doltone House on Hyde Park, 3/181 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Cost: $330
Special rate for Communications Alliance members: $220 (enter the code RFF2015-CA)

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