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Australia: The saga continues November 20, 2006

Posted by Jasper in Uncategorized.

According to the The Autralien, Telstra and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are attempting to keep pivotal documents about the aborted deal to deliver high-speed broadband out of public sight in a hearing about access to Telstra’s network.

Telstra is appealing the ACCC decision to turn down Telstra’s bid to charge its rivals $30 per month for its raw copper wires and wants the wants the judge to not admit four emails. These emails contain discussions between Telstra’s public policy chief Phil Burgess and ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel on the scraped $4 billion residential FTTN deal. Telstra’s competitors have applied to have the documents made public because they might shed light on a FTTN deal.  But Telstra has pushed for another document – advice from the ACCC to the Government about its decision on the charge for raw copper – to be made public. According to Telstra this document is central to the company’s case against the ACCC.

The Australian Competition Tribunal will decide on what documents will be considered and made public today.



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