The Minister for Communications and the Arts is considering extending existing carrier licence conditions that require certain superfast telecommunications networks servicing residential customers to operate on a functionally separated basis and to offer wholesale services.

5 October 2016

The Minister for Communications and the Arts is considering extending existing carrier licence conditions that require certain superfast telecommunications networks servicing residential customers to operate on a functionally separated basis and to offer wholesale services.

Functional separation allows a network operator to operate a retail business but at arm's length and on a non-discriminatory basis so all retailers are treated equally and can compete fairly.

The proposed amendments would extend the licence conditions by 18 months while longer term legislative changes are progressed. The licence conditions otherwise expire on 31 December 2016.

The amendment would also improve transparency in relation to compliance with the rules and remove a number of spent provisions.

Submissions on the Amending Declaration and the draft Regulation Impact Statement can be provided by Monday, 1 November 2016.

You can make a submission and read the proposed amendments and the associated draft Regulation Impact Statement on the Have Your Say page.