Author: Dominic Cull

The recently published Electronic Communications Amendment Bill proposes that mobile network operators and other vertically integrated telecommunications firms allow Internet service providers and others to compete for subscribers over their networks. Legislation requiring telecoms networks to open up to competition should be welcomed. The benefits of healthy competition for consumers need no further debate. Consumers on open-access fibre networks enjoy the highest speeds at the lowest per-gigabyte pricing available. This is because they benefit from hundreds of packages offering monthly and fixed terms across capped and uncapped packages. It is time for this kind of choice to be extended to…

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