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New Draft To Remove Red Tape For Small Telecommunications Carriers

Canberra, ACT, Australia (News4us.com) May 03, 2011

New Draft To Remove Red Tape For Small Telecommunications Carriers

New Draft To Remove Red Tape For Small Telecommunications Carriers

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy is working to remove unnecessary regulatory red tape on small telecommunications carriers by releasing a draft Ministerial Determination: the Telecommunications (Participating Persons) Determination 2011 (No.1) for public consultation.

The draft Ministerial Determination implements the Gillard Government’s commitment to removing unnecessary regulatory red tape in the telecommunications industry.

“This will be achieved by streamlining the eligible revenue assessment process for contributions to the Universal Service Obligation and National Relay Service levies,” Senator Conroy said.

“It will reduce the regulatory compliance costs for smaller carriers as well as reduce administrative costs for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)”

The draft Ministerial Determination sets an eligible revenue threshold of $25 million. This will result in carriers with revenue of less than $25 million being relieved of their obligation to provide the ACMA with detailed revenue returns and also from contributing to the Universal Service Obligation and the National Relay Service levies.

The government will also take steps to reduce the Annual Carrier Licence Charge for smaller carriers.

The draft Ministerial Determination and discussion paper are available at:

www.dbcde.gov.au/broadband/national_broadband_network/telecommunications_regulatory_reform

Submissions should be made in writing to:

The Manager
Universal Access Section
Networks Regulation Branch
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
GPO Box 2154
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Or by email to consumersafeguardsreform@dbcde.gov.au

The closing date for submissions is by 5pm AEST on 16 May 2011.


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