Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, introduced the draft regulatory instruments to guide Telstra’s separation of its retail and wholesale arms earlier this month. The ACCC will be overseeing the separation process.
Both the CCC and Optus claimed the initial draft of the Directions was too vague and failed to ensure a level playing-field for all telcos.
They are seeking amendments to the Instruments including a clearer definition of “equivalence” for telcos such as whether services delivered by all players must be the same in all material respect.
“The Government can prevent a hasty and in the long-term harmful decision from happening by arming the ACCC with clear directions about the minimum standards required to meet the Government’s policy objective of achieving real and meaningful improvements in competitive outcomes in the transition to the NBN," CCC chairman, Matt Healy, said.