CHOICE welcomes Telstra reform

CHOICE today congratulated the Federal Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy for finally taking action to open up the Australian telecommunications market to competition.

CHOICE has for many years called for government to insist that Telstra’s monopoly on the telecommunications network be separated from its retail business.

“Consumers will only gain benefits from improved productivity where there is fair competition among telco retailers. Where one controls the underlying infrastructure we can have no confidence in competition delivering those benefits for consumers,” said CHOICE Director of Policy and Campaigns Gordon Renouf.

“Video content over the Internet is increasingly important. With Internet TV soon to become a mainstream product, it is vital that the underlying network be separated from not only Telstra’s mobile business but also their stake in Foxtel.”

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