A group of telecommunications companies have urged federal politicians to pass reforms that would lead to the break-up of Telstra.
In a joint statement, iiNet, Internode, Macquarie Telecom, Netspace, Optus, Primus, TransACT and Vodafone Hutchison Australia said the proposed reforms are long overdue and would be costly to all Australians if they are not passed soon.
“The communities that will benefit most are those that are most disadvantaged by the lack of competition today, especially rural communities that have seen their choice of communications provider diminish in recent years in the face of resurgent Telstra market power,” the group said.
“The cost of a delay in the implementation of the reforms is real, immediate and an impost on all Australians,” they added.
The Federal Government’s proposals would see Telstra’s wholesale and retail businesses separated – either voluntarily or by force – with the aim of creating a more level playing field for telecom services ahead of the rollout of the national broadband network (NBN).
The draft laws have already passed the lower house of parliament despite the opposition seeking to delay the reform until a study into the national broadband network is complete.