Communications

The ACCC is responsible for the economic regulation of the communications sector, including telecommunications and the National Broadband Network (NBN), broadcasting and content sectors.

Projects

Title Type Status
Wholesale ADSL service declaration inquiry 2016 Access declaration Ongoing
4 July 2016
On 4 July 2016 the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into whether the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service should continue to be declared.
NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking Monitoring Ongoing
15 April 2016
On 13 December 2013 the ACCC accepted NBN Co's Special Access Undertaking (SAU). The SAU commenced on 13 December 2013 and will expire in 2040.
NBN Co SAU Variation Undertaking variation Ongoing
31 May 2016
On 27 May 2016, NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) allows NBN Co to give the ACCC a variation to an SAU already in operation. The ACCC accepted NBN Co’s current SAU on 13 December 2013, following an extensive consultation process.
Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2014 Access determination Finalised
21 April 2016

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The ACCC has commenced consultation on the primary price terms, with the release of a consultation paper on 23 July 2014.

The ACCC is consulting separately on non-price terms and conditions for the DTCS. On 25 March 2015, the ACCC released its draft decision on non-price terms and conditions, following a joint consultation process for a number of declared services, including the DTCS.

Local Bitstream Access Service Access determination Ongoing
24 February 2016

On 7 April 2015, the ACCC commenced an access determination inquiry in relation to the Local Bitstream Access Service (LBAS).

On 22 February 2012, following amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the ACCC declared the LBAS. The LBAS declaration does not expire.

On 3 October 2012, the ACCC made the LBAS Final Access Determination (FAD).

On 23 September 2015, the ACCC extended the period for making the next LBAS FAD until 7 April 2016. It also extended the current LBAS FAD until the day before a new FAD comes into force.

Telstra's Migration Plan Compliance assessment Ongoing
22 February 2016
The ACCC is currently considering this proposed variation submitted 14 June 2013.
Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Access declaration Ongoing
4 December 2015

On 11 September 2014, the ACCC commenced a declaration inquiry into whether a superfast broadband access service, such as the very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) service, should be regulated under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Access determination Finalised
9 October 2015

On 11 July 2013 the ACCC commenced a combined public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for a number of the fixed line services and the wholesale ADSL service (FAD inquiry). The fixed line services are the:

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