Feeds

Small Oz carriers get license fee cut

Conroy tosses bone to increasingly bolshie industry

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Senator Stephen Conroy, Australia’s minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has moved to placate an industry increasingly dissatisfied with his handling of the country’s National Broadband Network with cheaper carrier licenses.

Under Australia’s telecommunications regulatory regime, carrier license fees are used to fund USO (universal service obligation) activities that ensure a minimum level of access to telecommunications Australia-wide. The size of the fee is calculated according to carriers’ service revenues, which means that most of the cost of universal service falls on the shoulders of the incumbent, Telstra.

Small carriers, however, have long claimed the cost of documenting their revenue for the annual USO determination is often greater than the fee they eventually pay (which for small and start-up carriers is frequently nothing at all).

To address this, the government is proposing a new licensing and USO determination regime, which would exempt all carriers with “eligible revenues” of less than A$25 million annually from completing an annual return to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Small carriers would also be exempted from the National Relay Service levy, which is collected to fund telephone access services for the hearing impaired.

The government has published a consultation document here.

Conroy has also said he will reduce the fixed annual carrier license charge – currently A$2,500 – for smaller carriers at some point in the future.

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.