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
FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Access determination Submissions due
8 May 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)

Given these inquiries will cover a number of related issues regarding non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues, the ACCC considers there are benefits in conducting a combined consultation process on these issues.

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Local Bitstream Access Service Access determination Ongoing

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. The LBAS Final Access Determination expires on 5 October 2015.

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Telstra's Migration Plan Compliance assessment Submissions due
4 May 2015
The ACCC is currently considering this proposed variation submitted 14 June 2013.

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Spectrum competition limits Policy development Submissions due
17 April 2015

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for managing spectrum under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.  When the ACMA is allocating spectrum licences, the Minister for Communications may direct the ACMA to impose limits (competition limits) on the amount of spectrum that a person can use under allocated licences, and the Minister may seek the ACCC's advice about the competition limits that may be appropriate. The competition limits that are ultimately imposed is a matter for the Minister and the ACMA

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Information disclosure by NBN Co Policy development Submissions due
24 April 2015
The ACCC is consulting on what information NBN Co should disclose about the rollout of its network.

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Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Access determination Submissions due
30 April 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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NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules Monitoring Finalised
8 September 2014

The NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules (RKR) require NBN Co to provide information on the number of Access Virtual Circuit (AVC) services in operation, the amount of Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity being acquired and average CVC utilisation over the NBN.

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NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking implementation Monitoring Ongoing
27 March 2015

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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