Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has defended the Australian Compeition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) inquiry into the NBN’s Points of Interconnect and labelled the Opposition’s comments as hypocritical.
Conroy was responding to comments by Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that claimed the NBN’s plan to limit the number of PoIs would cut private investment and cause market uncertainty.
A PoI is a location where retail and wholesale service providers connect to the NBN to provide and receive its access capability.
“Malcolm Turnbull’s comments are hypocritical considering it was the Liberals and Nationals who voted to privatise Telstra without any review and without ever putting in place the arrangements to properly protect competition and services in regional areas,” Conroy’s spokesperson said in a statement.
The Minister also said the ACCC’s inquiry was not completed and had only published a discussion paper.
“The ACCC will consider the submissions it has received,” the spokesperson said. “One of the matters the Government has asked the ACCC to examine is the short and long term impact on competition in backhaul and retail markets.
“[It] will provide the Government with advice of approaches that best meets the long term interests of end users.”