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Productivity Commission launches new inquiry into public telco services

Productivity Commission launches new inquiry into public telco services

Looks for feedback on the future direction of fixed line voice telephone services and pay phones across Australia

The Productivity Commission is seeking feedback to contribute towards its new public inquiry on the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation.

Commissioner, Paul Lindwall, said the inquiry will look at whether government intervention is still needed to support universal access to a minimum level of telecommunication services in respect to the market, technological and policy developments that have occurred in the past decade due to the wide use of mobile phones and the NBN rollout.

“Currently we have in place a Universal Service Obligation that means the government guarantees a minimum level of fixed line voice telephone services and pay phones across Australia,” he said.

“We expect we will hear from our major telecommunications providers on this issue, but we are also interested in hearing from individuals, local government and anyone who has a view on the current Universal Service Obligation and future directions for change.”

The deadline for feedback is July 21 and can be submitted here.


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