Consultation on TPG Telecom’s request for extensions to Ministerial exemptions for its Canberra and Victorian networks
How it works
Why we want your input
The decision to grant an exemption is a matter for the Minister's discretion. Each request will be considered on its merits. The input of affected parties will be taken into account by the Minister in considering whether to grant the exemptions and if so then whether to place specific conditions on them.
How you can voice your opinion
You can voice your opinion by providing a submission to this public consultation process. Submissions are due by 5 June 2020
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is seeking comments on a request from TPG Telecom (TPG) for extensions to Ministerial exemptions relating to its VDSL networks in Canberra and its cable networks in Geelong, Ballarat and Mildura. Without these exemptions, TPG would be required by Parts 7 and 8 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to supply wholesale layer 2 bitstream services on a wholesale-only basis over parts of these networks. The exemptions were first granted in 2012, and without extension will expire on the Designated Day, the date by which it was assumed Telstra’s structural separation would be complete, which has been set at 1 July 2020. Under the Telecommunications Act 1997, the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts can exempt networks, lines and network owners from the Parts 7 and 8 requirements. The exemptions can be conditional or unconditional. They give the Minister flexibility to deal with unforeseen or other circumstances. TPG also initially requested that the exemptions for the Telecommunications (Network Exemption-specified TransACT networks) Instrument 2012 be extended but later withdrew this request.
Started May 20, 2020 09:00 AEST
Ended June 05, 2020 17:00 AEST
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