Media

ACCC welcomes 5G but flags competition issues

The ACCC is rethinking the way it approaches spectrum competition issues ahead of the upcoming 5G auction, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said today.

At the RadComms conference in Sydney today, Mr Sims also urged government to take a long-term, consumer-centric approach to spectrum allocations.

“Traditionally, the ACCC has sought to prevent dominance of spectrum by any one licensee in particular bands. However, we are rethinking this approach,” Mr Sims told the conference.

ACCC releases updated Media Merger Guidelines

Following recent reforms to media ownership laws, the ACCC has released its updated Media Merger Guidelines.

The revised guidelines detail the ACCC’s approach to media merger reviews and outline areas of potential focus, including the role of premium content, diversity in the Australian media landscape, and the impact technological change and innovation is having on the media industry more broadly.

ACCC seeks comment on voluntary code for pop-up shops

The ACCC has today released a draft determination proposing to grant re-authorisation to the Shopping Centre Council of Australia Ltd (SCCA) for its Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice.

The voluntary Code of Practice applies to shopping centre owners and manager who sign on to it. It regulates the terms on which participating shopping centres will grant casual licences to temporary retailers such as 'pop-up' shops.

ACCC issues extensive report on communications market

The ACCC has today published its draft report detailing its market study of the communications sector, which includes 29 recommendations spanning a wide range of competition and consumer issues in communications markets.

The year-long market study has seen the ACCC release an issues paper and consult with a wide range of industry participants and consumers, including considering 64 submissions and over 1000 responses to a consumer questionnaire and hosting a two-day industry forum. 

Draft decision on fee free ATMs in remote Indigenous communities

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant re-authorisation to parties to provide fee free ATM services in very remote Indigenous communities for 10 years.

Under the arrangement, participating banks and ATM deployers provide fee-free ATM withdrawals and balance enquiries at up to 85 selected ATMs for customers of those banks. The ACCC previously authorised the arrangement in 2012 for five years, which expires in December.

ACCC won't oppose proposed Essilor and Luxottica merger

The ACCC has decided to not oppose the proposed merger between Essilor International (Essilor) and Luxottica Group S.p.A. (Luxottica).

In Australia, Essilor mainly sells wholesale finished ophthalmic lenses, used to correct visual impairments. Luxottica largely supplies wholesale prescription frames and sunglasses, including such brands as Ray-Ban, Oakley and Prada. Luxottica also has retail outlets, such as OPSM and Laubman & Pank. 

MSY Technology ordered to pay penalties of $750,000 for consumer guarantee misrepresentations

The Federal Court has ordered penalties totalling $750,000 against MSY Technology Pty Ltd, MSY Group Pty Ltd, and M.S.Y. Technology (NSW) Pty Ltd (MSY Technology) for misrepresenting consumers’ rights to remedies for faulty products.

MSY Technology operates 28 retail stores across Australia and online, selling computers, computer parts, accessories and software. MSY Technology admitted that it made false or misleading representations on the MSY website, and in oral and email communications to consumers about their rights.