Consultation on changes to broadband access laws

Those interested can now provide comments on draft legislation to refine the laws providing access to high-speed broadband for people across Australia and the information disclosure powers of the ACMA.

A number of changes are proposed to the statutory infrastructure provider (SIP) laws in the Telecommunications Act 1997. These include:

  • bringing private networks in new developments into the SIP regime
  • making clearer when SIP obligations commence in new developments
  • confirming that SIPs can be required to pay compensation
  • clarifying the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman can handle SIP complaints
  • providing stricter rules for the exit of SIPs from a service area.

The amendments also include minor changes to streamline the operation of the SIP laws.

Part 20A would also be amended to empower the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to require developers to remediate deficient pit and pipe work.

The draft legislation would also amend the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 to give ACMA powers to publish data on individual providers' performance on a range of consumer service metrics.

The Government expects to introduce the legislation into the Parliament by the end of 2022.

The consultation closes 30 September 2022. For more information, and to have your say, visit the Have your say page.

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