Telstra Loses High Court Challenge Against Regulator

Law360, New York (March 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A constitutional challenge by Australia’s telecommunications giant against the country’s consumer watchdog over compulsory access laws has failed.

The country's High Court on Thursday unanimously dismissed Telstra's argument that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was abusing its regulatory powers by setting the prices it can charge rivals for the use of its infrastructure.

Telstra had argued that a provision of the Trade Practices Act which gives the ACCC the right to control third-party rates for access to its copper wine network, local loop services and...
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