Schedules 1 and 2: Amendments to the superfast network rules
Labor Senators support, in principle, the proposed changes to Part 7 and
8 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 which seek to enhance competition
in the telecommunications sector.
Schedule 3: Statutory Infrastructure Provider (SIP) Regime
Labor Senators support, in principle, the proposal to legislate an SIP
regime to provide consumers with certainty about universal access to high-speed
broadband, and provide industry with certainty about obligations to supply such
Labor Senators support, in principle, the establishment of reserve
Ministerial powers to set standards, rules and benchmarks that SIPs must comply
Schedule 4: Statutory Infrastructure Provider (SIP) Regime
Labor Senators support, in principle, the policy objective of
establishing a level playing field for competition in the telecommunications
sector, and ensuring there is a sustainable funding mechanism for regional
Labor Senators are concerned about aspects of the proposed Regional
Broadband Scheme (RBS), and, in particular, note the concerns expressed by
stakeholders about the incoherent logic underlying its design.
Malcolm Turnbull's flawed multi-technology-mix has damaged the economics
of the NBN, and this continues to cause market distortions which are impacting
on consumers and industry.
Labor Senators note the Senate Inquiry process has by no means
established that the RBS proposed in the Bill is the most effective and
efficient method of achieving the stated policy objectives.
Urquhart Senator Anthony
Tasmania Senator for
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