The Australian Greens have welcomed the Minister's announcement regarding Telstra's relationship with the National Broadband Network.
Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens Spokesperson on Communications warned the Minister not to repeat the mistakes of privatisation.
"For years the telecommunications industry has been demanding the government regulate Telstra and bite the bullet on separation of wholesale and retail services.
"We insist that Telstra, the NBNCo or any other telco never be allowed to own public infrastructure and simultaneously compete with retail providers. This situation has stunted telco growth in Australia and it must not be allowed to happen again."
We ask that the government prioritise access for rural, regional and disabled citizens, as these people have been traditionally under-served.
"We support the ABC's call for publicly funded content to be provided free on the NBN.
"I hope that Telstra will see sense in working cooperatively with the Government and the rest of the industry."
"In the meantime, the Greens will carefully scrutinise the legislation to ensure this is truly a break from the legacy of the privatisation of Telstra."
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