Vocus has continued its fight to get the National Broadband Network (NBN) to stick to what it was created for: Being a broadband wholesaler, and avoid entering into contracts with end-users. Writing in a submission to the inquiry into the business case for the NBN and the experiences of small businesses by the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN, Vocus said that NBN should have its direct sales unit shut down to prevent it from discriminating between its wholesale customers. “In the absence of a complete shut-down of NBN’s direct sales team, at a minimum NBN’s Enterprise business should be subject to separation requirements with equivalent regulatory oversight to Telstra’s Structural Separation Undertaking,” Vocus said. “This should require NBN’s wholesale staff to work separately from its direct sales staff; and should include legally enforceable ‘Protected Information’ requirements.” Vocus said NBN is entering into contracts with end-users to use only NBN fibre and then having to find retailers that supply the service. “This approach leads to an absurd outcome where NBN overbuilds competitive fibre to deliver a 100% NBN solution — and an RSP may even find itself contractually required to use NBN fibre even at locations where they have their… Read full this story
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