What the ACCC does
- We monitor access to internet connection services.
- We assess whether access is available on competitive terms.
What the ACCC can't do
- We don’t set the retail prices for connecting to the internet.
To access content that originates from another network, an internet service provider needs to interconnect with that service provider.
Internet interconnection refers to the arrangements networks make with each other to exchange internet traffic.
There are 2 commercial ways that networks interconnect:
In Australia, the 4 internet service providers who've had long-established peering relationships are Optus, Telstra, TPG and Verizon. In 2018, Telstra and Vocus entered into a peering relationship.
The ACCC has considered issues associated with internet interconnection for many years. Our focus is on ensuring access to internet interconnection services is at prices and on terms that support the delivery of competitive retail broadband services.
In 2004, we carried out an inquiry into whether we should regulate internet interconnection services. At that time, we didn't consider there was a case for regulation.
We have since considered internet interconnection arrangements in our Communications sector market study. We published the final report in April 2018 and an update on internet interconnection in October 2018.
In line with the recommendations of our market study, the largest internet service providers publish the criteria on which they'll consider peering with other providers. These are Optus, Telstra, TPG and Verizon. Vocus also publishes its peering criteria.
Our functions are in Part IV, XIB and XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.