Playing NBN politics with the ACCC

The government must be getting desperate if its appeal to the competition watchdog about the pricing of Telstra's fixed-line services is anything to go by.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann have let the cat out of the bag in their recent letter to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims.

If nothing else, the communique reads like an attempt to placate Telstra, which holds all the cards in the NBN negotiations and whose position gets stronger by the day.

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