Legislation announced for Telco access regime

IT Minister Senator Richard Alston has announced legislation to streamline the telecommunications access regime under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The legislation, which Computerworld foreshadowed exclusively (June 18, 2001 p1), will address protracted delays in the arbitration of access disputes and promote infrastructure investment.

The legislative reforms will allow the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to hold multilateral arbitration and encourage greater use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

ACCC amendments are consistent with the Productivity Commission's draft report released earlier this year.

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