The NBN competition conundrum

It's easy to argue for infrastructure-based competition but turning that into a social economic policy is much harder. Competition policy needs to focus on services, not the infrastructure.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been banging the infrastructure-based competition drum for a while, and Professor Fred Hilmer (Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales) recently joined forces with the minister in pressing the case for greater fixed-line telecommunications infrastructure competition.

Theoretically that’s a noble aim but the reality is rather different.

First of all, there is already a good level of competition in this market, between fixed and mobile telecommunications infrastructure based providers.

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