Issue No 33: 24 November 2015
Submission to the Department of Social Services Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering Review
In its submission Communications Alliance notes that the telecommunications industry does not see gambling and wagering regulations as a matter for their industry to be involved in.
However, based on previous experience and observations, the submission offers a number of comments: it re-iterates Industry’s concern (as voiced in previous submissions) with the use of Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to block access to illegal offshore websites due to the complexity, potential unintended consequences, costs and relative ineffectiveness of website blocking to address the issue.
The submission also discusses the need for a harmonisation of Federal and State regulatory regimes for gambling and wagering, the lack of enforcement of existing arrangements, associated free trade considerations and the use of VPNs to circumvent website blocking.
Public comment invited on the NBN Access Transfer Code
The NBN Access Transfer Code (DR C647:2015) is designed to describe the minimum processes between Customers, RSPs, Access Seekers and Access Providers for the post-migration transfer of fibre access services over the NBN.
Industry recognises that the Access Transfer processes need to provide all parties with clear responsibilities and requirements, and to protect end users throughout the transfer of services.
(a) specify operational principles which will enable the Transfer of an active NBN Service between RSPs;
Information on the Working Committee which developed the Code, including the original Terms of Reference, can be found here.
Communications Alliance welcomes your input. The draft Code can be obtained from our website.
All submissions received will be made publically available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON 24 DECEMBER 2015.
Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member;