Can the Telco Reform Act be win-win?

Can the Telco Reform Act be win-win?

Summary: In the second of our two programs looking at the Senate Inquiry into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill, we hear from shareholders, bureaucrats and industry groups.

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In the second of our two programs looking at the Senate Inquiry into the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment Bill, we hear from shareholders, bureaucrats and industry groups.

If you take out some of the repetitive elements (which we have), there are a lot of interesting questions raised by these inquiries: will the new law do anything to Telstra's share price? Will the government's behaviour create sovereign risk and scare off foreign investment in other sectors? Should more time be given to negotiations between Telstra and the government?

On this week's program you'll hear from witnesses at the Inquiry in Melbourne (13 October) and Canberra (14 October):

  • Ross Barker, managing director of the Australian Foundation Investment Company
  • Anton Tagliaferro, investment director, Investors Mutual Ltd
  • David Forman, executive director, Competitive Carriers' Coalition
  • Rosemary Sinclair, managing director, Australian Telecommunications Users Group
  • Peter Harris, secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy
  • Pip Spence, first assistant secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy

Read the inquiry report, submissions and transcripts from the public hearing here.

A transcript of this week's edition of Twisted Wire can be found on page two.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government AU, Telcos

About

Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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  • Simple really.

    Why not simply let the Government build their NBN and compete with Telstra and let the consumer decide who they choose?
    anonymous
  • @ Simple really

    Yes why not.

    It would be good, finally for someone else to be the 800lb gorilla and do a Telstra to Telstra.

    If Telstra decide to compete with a cashed up 800lb gorilla, my prediction is TLS under $3...

    Ooh and you still didn't answer my questions AGAIN, Sydney!
    anonymous