Feeds

Turnbull takes aim at telecom, broadcast regulation

Get your Christmas wish-list in

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The federal government has asked the telco and broadcast sectors for their Christmas wish-lists, seeking deregulation suggestions by December 18 in a letter sent from the office of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The letter, dated 26 November, states that the deregulation effort in the comms portfolio will be led by Turnbull's parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher.

Turnbull is seeking the industry's list of redundant regulations, ways in which the government could replace current regulation with “lighter touch, less intrusive or less costly regulation”, and asks industry to suggest new processes to measure “the cost impact of regulation in the communications sector on businesses, not-for-profits and individuals”.

The government, it seems, is continuing its strategy of fighting the September 2013 election after the fact, and to that end is planning a parliamentary “Regulation Repeal Day” in early 2014. Turnbull hopes to be able to present a list of redundant or burdensome regulations for the stunt event, writing that this would include “regulation that has manifestly outlived its usefulness, is burdensome on companies in the sector without adding any value to industry or consumers, or mandates the production of information that no-one uses”.

In the framing paper accompanying the letter, the government identifies the key legislative instruments Turnbull wants to review as the Broadcasting Services Act, the Telecommunications Act, the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act, and the Radiocommunications Act.

The Competition and Consumer Act, as far as it covers telecommunications, is also in the list, along with the National Broadband Network Companies Act, “which set out Parliament's ownership and wholesale-only intentions for the company”.

The Register has a copy of the letter here. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant
Commits to American manufacturing ... of secret tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
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?