Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010

Type
Government
Portfolio
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Act 
Parliament no
43
Summary
Amends the:
Radiocommunications Act 1992
,
Telecommunications Act 1997
  and
Competition and Consumer Act 2010
  to prevent Telstra from acquiring specified bands of spectrum which could be used for advanced wireless broadband services unless it structurally separates and divests its interests in cable networks and subscription broadcasting licences;
National Transmission Network Sale Act 1998
,
Telecommunications Act 1997
  and
Competition and Consumer Act 2010
  to require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to: set up-front prices and non-price terms for declared services; make binding rules of conduct for the supply of declared services; issue access determinations for declared services; receive access agreements between providers and access seekers; remove the option to apply for exemptions from access obligations or undertakings; and remove merits review of regulatory decisions made by the ACCC;
Competition and Consumer Act 2010
  to: remove the requirement for the ACCC to undertake consultation before issuing a Part A competition notice; and clarify that content services supplied by carriers and carriage service providers are subject to the competition notice regime;
Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999
  to: require the universal service provider to supply standard telephone services and payphones as determined by the minister; and provide for the minister to establish minimum Customer Service Guarantee performance benchmarks; and
Telecommunications Act 1997
  to: enable the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to obtain regular reports about carriers’ and service providers’ compliance with their obligations; require service providers to offer a priority assistance service; establish an infringement notice regime to deal with breaches of civil penalty provisions; and enable the minister to direct ACMA to determine industry standards. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
20 Oct 2010Introduced and read a first time
20 Oct 2010Second reading moved
15 Nov 2010Second reading debate
15 Nov 2010Second reading agreed to
16 Nov 2010Consideration in detail debate
16 Nov 2010Third reading agreed to
Senate
17 Nov 2010Introduced and read a first time
17 Nov 2010Second reading moved
22 Nov 2010Second reading debate
23 Nov 2010Second reading debate
24 Nov 2010Second reading debate
24 Nov 2010Second reading agreed to
24 Nov 2010Committee of the Whole debate
25 Nov 2010Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 10 Australian Greens and 8 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
26 Nov 2010Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 2 Australian Greens and 2 Independent (Xenophon) [1 as amended by Government] agreed to
26 Nov 2010Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
29 Nov 2010Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments


29 Nov 2010Text of bill as passed both Houses
15 Dec 2010Assent

Act no.: 140

Year: 2010

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