COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR MARKET STUDY REPORT WELCOMED

Sydney, 30 October 2017 - Communications Alliance today welcomed the pro-competitive stance of the ACCC’s draft Communications Sector Market Study report, released today by the regulator.

The report and its 29 ‘Proposed Actions’ and ‘Proposed Recommendations’ traverse a broad landscape across the current and near future state of telecommunications service provision in Australia.

“We welcome the comprehensive nature of the report and its willingness to explore pro-competitive options in many areas of market structure, service delivery and performance,” Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton said today.

“Industry will digest the contents of the draft report and provide further feedback to the ACCC, in line with stated process.”

Mr Stanton noted that the proposed recommendation that the Federal Government consider whether NBN Co should continue to be obliged to recover its full cost of investment through its prices was reflective of an active current debate within industry and the broader community.

“Without commenting on the respective merits of potential actions to achieve this, the objective of providing NBN Co with ‘greater flexibility regarding its cost recovery’ is certainly an issue worth exploring,” Mr Stanton said.

He noted the ACCC’s belief that the Communications Alliance Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code could be augmented to address “a wide range of consumer issues in light of the increasing prevalence of NBN telecommunications offers.”
“The TCP Code is under revision at present and is the subject of wide-ranging consultation with stakeholders, including the ACCC.”

“The Code already specifies how service providers must act and behave when they offer services to consumers – including services offered on NBN-based networks. Nonetheless, the Working Committee undertaking the revision remains open to additional ideas and is already considering provisions that may warrant inclusion in a revised Code, as well as provisions that might no longer be relevant,” Mr Stanton concluded.

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body  in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about  Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

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