[AusNOG] Telstra flicks switch on high speed broadband network

Stephen Baxter Stephen.Baxter at staff.pipenetworks.com
Wed Feb 6 15:05:04 EST 2008

> Because the way it looks to me is that the Communications Minister and
> Telstra have ganged-up on the ACCC, trying to force their will as a 
> fait accomplis.  At the end of the day, the Communications 
> Minister can
> say whatever he likes about regulatory certainty, but the 
> Trade Practices
> Act doesn't give him (or any other Minister) the authority to 
> promulgate
> determinations like this.
> It'll be very interesting to see what the ACCC has to say 
> about that in the
> next few days.  In particular, if the ACCC has made a 
> decision, why wasn't
> it announced under their letterhead by Graeme Samuels?  Are 
> they likely
> to be just as surprised about this outcome as we have been?

Bingo. The TPA exists and the ACCC is bound follow/enforce it.


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