Regulatory reforms to strengthen the delivery of superfast broadband
SENATOR THE HON FIONA NASH
MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
Coalition Government today released draft legislation to strengthen the
provision of superfast broadband infrastructure for public consultation.
legislation sets out provisions to:
the Regional Broadband Scheme (RBS) to sustainably fund the long term costs of
regional and remote Australia’s National Broadband Network satellite and fixed
the competitive framework that superfast broadband infrastructure providers
operate within; and
the Government’s commitment to ensuring all Australian premises can access a
superfast broadband connection through the Statutory Infrastructure Provider
will provide a strong structural framework for superfast broadband.
information about the reform package, supporting documents and to make a
submission visit: https://www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say.
the draft legislation is open until 3 February 2017. The Government intends for
the legislation to commence from 1 July 2017.
reforms implement key aspects of the Government’s policy response to the NBN
Market and Regulation Report conducted by the National Broadband Network Panel
of Experts (the Vertigan Review). The design of the RBS has been informed by
the final report of the Bureau of Communications Research on funding regional
Australia’s access to superfast broadband.
and rural users of nbn’s fixed wireless and satellite services will benefit
from the RBS which will require all eligible fixed-line superfast broadband
networks to make a proportionate contribution to the long-term cost of these
RBS is estimated to raise around $40 million from eligible non-nbn networks in
its first year. Non-nbn fixed-line networks are currently estimated to provide
10 per cent of fixed-line services in operation. nbn, as the largest network,
will continue to be responsible for the overwhelming majority of funding for
regional and rural services and will make around 90 percent of RBS
eligibility requirements for networks to contribute to the RBS are set out in
the draft legislation and may be amended in future years as broadband
introduction of a SIP regime will guarantee that all people in Australia, no
matter where they live or conduct their business, will have access to
high-speed broadband. Under the arrangements, nbn will be the default SIP for
all of Australia, although other carriers will be able to be SIPs where
appropriate. SIPs will be required to connect premises to high speed broadband
following a reasonable request from a retail service provider.
the competition framework
package will also establish new wholesale and retail rules for superfast
networks (other than the NBN) to improve commercial opportunities and bolster
competition. The package will protect the interests of consumers by preventing
anti-competitive behaviour and put downward pressure on broadband prices.
on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Bill
2017 and Telecommunications (Regional Broadband Scheme) Charge Bill 2017
exposure drafts is open until 3 February 2017. The Government intends for the
legislation to commence from 1 July 2017.