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
Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Access declaration Ongoing

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.

Discussion paper

At the time that the ACCC announced the declaration inquiry, the ACCC stated that it was preparing a discussion paper with an anticipated release in late October 2014.

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Domestic transmission capacity service FAD variation inquiry 2014 Access variation Finalised
17 December 2014

On 7 November 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into varying the 2012 domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) final access determination (FAD).

On 17 December 2014, the ACCC concluded its inquiry into the variation of the 2012 DTCS FAD and released a final report. The ACCC has decided to vary the 2012 DTCS FAD so that it applies to the three regional routes and seven exchange serving areas re-regulated under the 2014 DTCS declaration. The varied 2012 DTCS FAD will commence on 1 January 2015 and will expire when a new DTCS FAD comes into operation.

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FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Access determination Submissions due
14 January 2015

The ACCC has commenced consultation on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues for a number of related declared services:

  • fixed line services and wholesale ADSL service
  • mobile terminating access service (MTAS)
  • domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS)

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC released a position paper on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues seeking views on these issues.

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Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Access determination Ongoing
12 December 2014

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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Mobile terminating access service FAD inquiry 2014 Access determination Ongoing
27 October 2014
The ACCC commences a public inquiry into making a final access determination for the Mobile Terminating Access Service (MTAS).

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ACCC past involvement in next generation networks Policy advice Finalised
ACCC reports to the next generation networks discussions.

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NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking implementation Monitoring Ongoing
31 October 2014

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.

The SAU specifies price and non-price terms and conditions relating to access to NBN Co's fibre, fixed wireless and satellite networks and other related services. Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 provides a role for the ACCC in monitoring and enforcing NBN Co's complaince with the SAU.

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Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2014 Access determination Ongoing
5 November 2014

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into varying the final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS).

The ACCC has commenced a joint consultation on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues for a number of declared services, including the DTCS.

The ACCC has also commenced consultation on the primary price terms and conditions for the DTCS.

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