Mar 20, 2012

Consideration of Senate message – Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (17:28): I move:

That the requested amendments be made.

The government supports the amendments requested by the Senate because they will assist TUSMA to carry out functions in relation to the migration of voice-only customers. TUSMA will arrange for the provision of information to voice-only customers prior to a copper service being disconnected and, if necessary, supporting any basic in-home rewiring required for voice-only customers to continue receiving a voice-only service over the NBN fibre network.

These amendments will enable TUSMA to require information or documents from the carriage service provider and to require that a carriage service provider consents to a third party contacting that provider’s customers. This will be important to enable TUSMA and relevant carriage service providers to accurately identify voice-only customers so that they can be notified about their service options and the processes involved if they wish to maintain a fixed-line voice service during the migration to the National Broadband Network. I therefore ask the House to support the amendments that are before it from the Senate.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms K Livermore ): The question is that the requested amendments be agreed to.

Question agreed to.