Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, is appealing for comments on the legislative framework for the National Broadband Network company (NBNco). Announced in April, the Government-owned organisation will be tasked with running the $43 billion wholesale fibre infrastructure.
The request comes on the back of the department’s <i>Regulatory Reform 21st Century Broadband</i> discussion paper. It received more than 120 submissions with ideas to reform the existing telecommunications competition and consumer framework during the NBN rollout.
This time around, the department has asked interested parties to “provide their views on the legislation covering the access regime for the NBN and governing the operations, ownership and control of the NBNco”.
Senator Conroy said in a press statement there was a wealth of experience and expertise in the community. The Government wanted to give the public the best opportunity to voice their opinions in relation to the anticipated network.
Submissions will be presented to the NBN Implementation Study’s lead advisor. Entries can touch on a number of related topics including arrangements for the Government to sell its stake in the network, ownership restrictions applied to private sector investors and other rights and obligations to be conferred on the company.
Written submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close at 5pm on July 30.