Inquiry into competition in broadband services

Inquiry into competition in broadband services

The Senate has referred the above matter to the Committee for inquiry and report on the 24 June 2004.

The terms of reference are:

(a) the current and prospective levels of competition in broadband services, including interconnection and pricing in both the wholesale and retail markets;

(b) any impediments to competition and to the uptake of broadband technology;

(c) the implications of communications technology convergence on competition in broadband and other emerging markets;

(d) the impact and relationship between ownership of content and distribution of content on competition; and

(e) any opportunities to maximise the capacity and use of existing broadband infrastructure.


The Committee invites written submissions from interested individuals and organisations to be lodged by Tuesday, 30 September 2003. The Committee prefers submissions to be lodged in electronic form, sent by email to The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, submissions may be sent to the Secretary, Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

Advice on preparing a submission is available via the Committee's web site or by contacting the Secretariat as follows: phone 02 6277 3526; fax 02 6277 5818. The web site address is

Submissions become Committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the Committee. Persons making submissions must not release them without the approval of the Committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege but the unauthorised release of them is not.

Submissions received

Public Hearings

30 March 2004 Canberra Program (Word 46KB) Transcript (HTML)
10 March 2004 Canberra Program (Word 51KB) Transcript (HTML)
5 February 2004 Ballarat Program (Word 55KB) Transcript (HTML)
3 February 2004 Gold Coast Program (Word 54KB) Transcript (HTML)
2 February 2004 Gold Coast Program (Word 56KB) Transcript (HTML)
13 November 2003 Sydney Program (Word 57KB) Transcript (HTML)
12 November 2003 Canberra Program (Word 54KB) Transcript (HTML)

Report - Tabled 10 August 2004