Internet, phone & TV

NBN speeds holding up well in COVID environment

Fixed line NBN broadband services have continued to deliver strong results despite facing unprecedented demand during May and June this year, according to the ACCC’s tenth quarterly Measuring Broadband Australia report.

This is the first quarterly report to provide detailed results on network performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, which put sustained pressure on broadband networks as many Australians moved schooling and work to home.

Statement on Facebook

Facebook’s threat today to prevent any sharing of news on its services in Australia is ill-timed and misconceived.

The draft media bargaining code aims to ensure Australian news businesses, including independent, community and regional media, can get a seat at the table for fair negotiations with Facebook and Google.

Facebook already pays some media for news content. The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google’s relationships with Australian news media businesses. 

Increased connection to higher speed broadband services during COVID-19

More than 7.4 million consumers are now connected to the National Broadband Network after the activation of 383,257 new services in the three months to 30 June, 2020.

The ACCC’s Wholesale Market Indicators Report released today shows more than 255,000 households signed up to 50Mbps NBN plan, with almost 5 million customers on higher speed plans of 50Mbps and above by the end of June.

Taking a broad approach to digital platforms issues

As the digital platforms play an increasingly important role in the economy, consumer and competition enforcement and regulation must keep pace, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said today.

Speaking to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (WA) via a streaming video application, Mr Sims addressed a number of the ACCC’s key concerns about the growing economic power and influence of the digital platforms, and said regulators globally must keep pace.

The ACCC's Digital Platforms Inquiry and the need for competition, consumer protection and regulatory responses

Speaking to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (WA) via a streaming video application, ACCC Chair Rod Sims addressed a number of the ACCC’s key concerns about the growing economic power and influence of the digital platforms. Mr Sims spoke of the ACCC’s recent work including the creation of the Digital Platforms branch, the ACCC’s monitoring role, and the new media bargaining code, as well as enforcement cases against Google and why digital mergers are important.

Australian news media to negotiate payment with major digital platforms

Australian media will be able to bargain with Google and Facebook to quickly secure fair payment for news content if a draft mandatory code released by the ACCC today is adopted.

The draft code is aimed at addressing acute bargaining power imbalances between Australian news businesses and Google and Facebook, including through a binding “final offer” arbitration process.

Dodo and iPrimus in court for alleged misleading broadband speed claims

The ACCC has instituted Federal Court proceedings against Dodo Services Pty Ltd (Dodo) and Primus Telecommunications Services Pty Ltd (iPrimus), both owned by Vocus Group (Vocus), alleging they made false or misleading claims about the NBN broadband speeds their customers could achieve during busy evening hours.

The ACCC alleges that, between March 2018 and April 2019, Dodo and iPrimus made false or misleading claims on their websites about the speeds consumers could expect if they signed up to their NBN broadband services.