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
Information disclosure by NBN Co Policy development Finalised
30 June 2015
The ACCC is consulting on what information NBN Co should disclose about the rollout of its network.
Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Access determination Submissions due
17 July 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:

Telstra's Migration Plan Compliance assessment Ongoing
26 June 2015
The ACCC is currently considering this proposed variation submitted 14 June 2013.
Mobile terminating access service FAD inquiry 2014 Access determination Under assessment
19 June 2015
The ACCC commences a public inquiry into making a final access determination for the Mobile Terminating Access Service (MTAS).
Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Access declaration Ongoing
19 June 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.

NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking implementation Monitoring Finalised
11 June 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.

Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2014 Access determination Ongoing
20 May 2015

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.

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