Telco Bill set for Wednesday debate

Telco Bill set for Wednesday debate

Summary: The Federal Government's controversial legislation to reform the telecommunications sector has again been scheduled for debate in the senate next week, with the Federal Government's draft legislation program listing it for debate on Wednesday.

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The Federal Government's controversial legislation to reform the telecommunications sector has again been scheduled for debate in the senate next week, with the Federal Government's draft legislation program listing it for debate on Wednesday.

Stephen Conroy

Stephen Conroy
(Credit: NBN Tasmania)

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's office confirmed the Bill was listed for Wednesday. It has been pushed back a number of times, which Conroy has put down to the Opposition delaying the legislation.

As well as reforming the telecommunications sector, the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009 has offered Telstra a choice to voluntarily opt for structural separation or face an imposed functional separation coupled with tough sanctions, including a possible ban on acquiring spectrum for 4G wireless services.

Conroy has set the end of June as a deadline for the government's negotiations with Telstra on the terms under which it would move its customers and/or infrastructure into the National Broadband Network Company.

The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has said that the National Broadband Network will go ahead whether the Bill is passed or not.

Topics: Broadband, Government, Government AU, Telcos, Telstra, NBN

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