Telecommunications Reform Package fact sheet

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The Government is reforming the telecommunications market to promote competition and to improve access to broadband services for all Australians, especially those in regional, rural and remote areas. The Government is introducing a reform package with three major components.

High speed broadband access across Australia

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The Australian Government will establish new statutory infrastructure provider (SIP) obligations on NBN Co Ltd (nbn) and other wholesale network providers to ensure that all people in Australia, no matter where they live, have access to high speed broadband network infrastructure.

New Wholesale and Retail Rules

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The Australian Government will establish new wholesale and retail rules for high speed broadband networks to improve commercial opportunities and bolster fairer competition.

The Regional Broadband Scheme

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The Australian Government is establishing the Regional Broadband Scheme to ensure there are long-term sustainable funding arrangements in place to provide essential broadband services to regional, rural and remote Australians.

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