Review of regulation of telecommunications customer cabling | ACMA

Review of regulation of telecommunications customer cabling

Consultation closes: 20 December 2018

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Review of regulation of telecommunications customer cabling

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Executive summary

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulates telecommunications customer cabling to ensure that minimum cabling requirements are in place to promote safety and maintain the integrity of the telecommunications network. While the policy and legislative basis for customer cabling regulation has not changed since its inception, the technical and commercial environment around it has seen significant changes in recent years.

Given the extent of developments within the telecommunications industry, it is timely to ask whether the risks that regulation was originally intended to mitigate are still present. If the risks remain, do they still require regulation and, if so, of what type and to what extent?

This review will focus on the regulation of the cabling work as performed by cabling providers. It does not examine the arrangements for the supply of telecommunications customer equipment and cabling products. It is intended that supply arrangements be addressed at a later stage following the development of the Equipment Rules, which are anticipated to be required under the new Radiocommunications Bill.

Issue for comment

Opportunity to provide feedback

The ACMA welcomes comments from stakeholders on the issues raised in the consultation paper. Stakeholders are also invited to respond to a series of questions posed in the paper, including a proposed reform model for future customer cabling regulation.

The outcomes of the review will assist the ACMA to:

  • ascertain whether the existing arrangements will continue to provide the most effective approach for managing the risks associated with customer cabling
  • identify whether there are any issues or concerns with the existing arrangements
  • assess whether there are better regulatory, co-regulatory, or non-regulatory options available in light of current and emerging developments within the communications environment.