ACCC Nixes Telstra Bid To Set Network Access Fee

Law360, New York (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Australia's competition regulator has once again rejected a petition by Telstra Corp. Ltd. to hit rivals with a monthly fee for access to its network, almost five years after the once publicly owned telecommunications giant first sought to impose a charge for its extensive underground loop.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its 300-page final decision on Tuesday, a month after the watchdog brought proceedings in federal court alleging Telstra was breaching federal law by refusing access by broadband suppliers to its copper wire network....
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