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.

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Telstra's migration plan Compliance assessment Submissions due
24 September 2014
The ACCC is currently considering this proposed variation submitted 14 June 2013.

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

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NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking implementation Monitoring Ongoing
12 August 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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Telstra's Structural Separation Undertaking Monitoring Ongoing
5 August 2014
On 19 June 2013, the ACCC approved two minor variations to Telstra's SSU.

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FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Access determination Ongoing
15 July 2014

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, seeking views on these issues.

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Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Access determination Submissions due
3 October 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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