Infrastructure Access & Market Regulation

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Access seekers and providers operate within a heavily regulated environment. They also face different industry specific regulatory regimes under the Competition and Consumer Act, and must grapple with state-based legislation.

Corrs is one of few firms with significant experience in this complex and niche area. Corrs has worked across the full range of regimes and has a strong track record of success covering major industries such as rail, energy and telecommunications. We can assist with all aspects of your situation, from negotiating access undertakings and access agreements to resolving access disputes.

Corrs' recent experience includes acting for NBN Co, QR Network, Fortescue and Sucrogen on access to infrastructure and acting for a number of internet service providers in various aspects of telecommunications access.

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Our Experience

Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy: Universal Service Obligation

Many competition and regulatory issues will arise from the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Universal Service Obligation (USO) has been a key aspect of telecommunications regulation for many years and is a regime intended to ensure that standard telephone services are made available to all Australians on an equitable basis.

The move towards NBN, which will provide the infrastructure that will allow wholesale and retail service providers to deliver advanced digital services to the nation, has necessitated a strategic review of how the USO is to be delivered and the agreements with Telstra.

Corrs is the primary adviser to Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) on the agreements between Telstra and the Commonwealth on the future provision of universal service in a post-NBN world and on the design of the new regulatory regime.

Corrs is working with the DBCDE to prepare and negotiate the USO arrangements with Telstra. The agreement which is valued at approximately $2 billion is an integral part of the suite of agreements between Telstra, NBN Co and the Commonwealth.

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NBN Co Limited

The national broadband network is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia, and the establishment of the government-owned NBN Co Limited has involved a broad range of legal issues. As a provider of workplace law services to NBN, Corrs has been advising on innovations including a best practice framework for internal regulation of employment of thousands of people, and a strategic industrial relations framework involving unions.

Specific legislation, government guidelines and NBN’s drive for high standards of performance and safety have added layers of complexity to employment law issues including contracting, compliance and privacy, and occupational health and safety matters.

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Our Thinking

Is David Gordon right? Are Australia’s media control rules redundant?

The answer could well be “Yes”. Australia’s media ownership laws are no longer “fit for purpose”.

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“Go Directly to Jail. Do Not Pass Go! Do Not Collect $200” – It’s better to play a straight bat when complying with statutory notices from ASIC and the ACCC

Compliance with statutory notices is compulsory and going it alone is risky.

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What are the implications of the NSW electricity price discount for TransGrid investors?

Potential bidders should consider the operation of the electricity price guarantee carefully.

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A bow wave of reform at our ports?

Applications for declaration may be on the rise at Australia’s ports. What does this mean for access seekers and infrastructure operators?

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Telecommunications, regulation and opportunity in Myanmar

Australia has much to offer as Asia travels its journey of industrialisation, urbanisation and growth.

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Challenges and choices: Universal service in Australia and China

Australia and China face similar challenges in the provision of universal telecommunications services to remote areas, providing an opportunity for knowledge sharing and co-operation between the two countries.

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Our Experience

Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy: Universal Service Obligation

Many competition and regulatory issues will arise from the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Universal Service Obligation (USO) has been a key aspect of telecommunications regulation for many years and is a regime intended to ensure that standard telephone services are made available to all Australians on an equitable basis.

The move towards NBN, which will provide the infrastructure that will allow wholesale and retail service providers to deliver advanced digital services to the nation, has necessitated a strategic review of how the USO is to be delivered and the agreements with Telstra.

Corrs is the primary adviser to Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) on the agreements between Telstra and the Commonwealth on the future provision of universal service in a post-NBN world and on the design of the new regulatory regime.

Corrs is working with the DBCDE to prepare and negotiate the USO arrangements with Telstra. The agreement which is valued at approximately $2 billion is an integral part of the suite of agreements between Telstra, NBN Co and the Commonwealth.

NBN Co Limited

The national broadband network is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia, and the establishment of the government-owned NBN Co Limited has involved a broad range of legal issues. As a provider of workplace law services to NBN, Corrs has been advising on innovations including a best practice framework for internal regulation of employment of thousands of people, and a strategic industrial relations framework involving unions.

Specific legislation, government guidelines and NBN’s drive for high standards of performance and safety have added layers of complexity to employment law issues including contracting, compliance and privacy, and occupational health and safety matters.

Our Thinking

Is David Gordon right? Are Australia’s media control rules redundant?

The answer could well be “Yes”. Australia’s media ownership laws are no longer “fit for purpose”.

“Go Directly to Jail. Do Not Pass Go! Do Not Collect $200” – It’s better to play a straight bat when complying with statutory notices from ASIC and the ACCC

Compliance with statutory notices is compulsory and going it alone is risky.

What are the implications of the NSW electricity price discount for TransGrid investors?

Potential bidders should consider the operation of the electricity price guarantee carefully.

A bow wave of reform at our ports?

Applications for declaration may be on the rise at Australia’s ports. What does this mean for access seekers and infrastructure operators?

Telecommunications, regulation and opportunity in Myanmar

Australia has much to offer as Asia travels its journey of industrialisation, urbanisation and growth.

Challenges and choices: Universal service in Australia and China

Australia and China face similar challenges in the provision of universal telecommunications services to remote areas, providing an opportunity for knowledge sharing and co-operation between the two countries.

Our Experts

Eddie Scuderi.jpg

Eddie Scuderi

Partner Brisbane +61 7 3228 9319