Telstra Threatens Broadband Lawsuit

12 March 2007

SYDNEY: Australia's dominant telco Telstra has threatened to sue the federal government and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission if a rival group is given the go-ahead for a A$3.6 billion ($2.8m; €2m; £1.4m) high-speed broadband network.

Telstra's MD of public policy, Phil Burgess, said the company would take legal action if it is forced to provide access to its exchanges, a necessary step for the competitor network, G9, to be rolled out.

Telstra was accused last week of offering "fraudband" rather than broadband services by Fairfax Media ceo David Kirk [WARC News: 08-Mar-07], who blamed lack of competition for Australia's poor level of high-speed web access.

Burgess, unsurprisingly, dismissed the accusation, saying said it is his company's A$4bn investment, not competition policy, that will open the way to high-speed broadband.

And he accused the ACCC and other regulators of wanting to "confiscate" Telstra's infrastructure.

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