Bills Digest 91 1996-97 Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Bill 1996


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Passage History

Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Bill 1996

Date Introduced: 5 December 1996
House: House of Representatives
Portfolio: Communications and the Arts
Commencement: The Act commences on 1 July 1997.

Purpose

This Bill is a part of a package of Bills, the purpose of which is to implement a new regulatory framework for the telecommunications industry.The purpose of this bill is to impose a levy on carriers for their share of the cost of fulfilling the universal service obligation.

Background

The object of the universal service regime is to ensure that all people in Australia, wherever they reside or carry on business, should have reasonable access, on an equitable basis to a standard telephone service, payphones and prescribed carriage services (clause 134 of the Telecommunications Bill 1996).

The losses resulting from supplying loss-making services in the course of fulfilling the universal service obligation are to be shared among carriers (clause 134 of the Telecommunications Bill 1996).This is done by calculating a levy debit for each carrier. The levy debit is calculated as the proportion that that carrier's revenue bears to the total revenue of all carriers multiplied by total universal service cost (clause 187 of the Telecommunications Bill 1996).

Main Provisions

Clauses 6 to 8 of the Telecommunications (Universal Service Levy) Bill 1996 impose a levy equal to the levy debit of each carrier on that carrier.

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5 February 1997
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ISSN 1323-9031
Commonwealth of Australia 1996

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Last updated: 26 March 1997



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