Comms Alliance lauds telco regulation repeals

Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Comms Alliance lauds telco regulation repeals

The Communications Alliance has lauded telecommunications changes in the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill, which was introduced into Federal Parliament yesterday.

If the bill is passed, it will remove most of Part 23 of the Telecommunications Act, dealing with standard form agreements, the Comms Alliance said.

According to the Comms Alliance, the changes recognise that “the requirements were made obsolete by the provisions of the revised Communications Alliance Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code, which came into force in 2012”.

Comms Alliance CEO John Stanton said, “We are also pleased with the streamlining of the requirements for carriage service providers to lodge access agreements with the ACCC and with the newly created ability for Comms Alliance to amend codes, rather than having to open them up for full revision.”

Stanton said priority is now being given to reaching agreement on a larger and more complex package of telco reforms that could be included in the second repeal day, scheduled for later this year.

The Communications Alliance is an Australian telecommunications industry body, with members including carriers, ISPs, content providers, equipment vendors and other related organisations.

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