Rules relating to payphones are in the Telecommunications (Payphones) Determination 2022. The determination protects payphones and those who use them.
Telstra must consider the benefit to the community when they install a payphone or remove the last remaining payphone from a site.
When assessing the impact of installing or removing payphones Telstra must consider factors that include:
- financial and non-financial costs and benefits to all stakeholders
- broader social impacts
Telstra’s website explains what they must do under the USO. It includes:
- where to locate payphones.
- the criteria to install, remove and maintain payphones.
- their consultation process.