Notice of inquiry19 Jul 2021

The ACCC is holding a public inquiry under Part 25 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 into making a final access determination for the superfast broadband access service (SBAS).

The inquiry will consider the terms and conditions of access to the SBAS including prices for the service and non-price terms and conditions.

The ACCC intends to publish a discussion paper for the inquiry later this year and seek written submissions on matters raised in the paper which will include:

  • options for determining SBAS prices
  • whether regulated prices are required for lower speed broadband products (e.g. 12Mbps) provided through the SBAS
  • a potential competition-based exemption framework to the standard access obligations applicable to the SBAS.

The time for making submissions will be a minimum of 28 days from the date of the discussion paper.

Submissions can be made in writing to, or as otherwise directed in the discussion paper.

We anticipate that this inquiry will be conducted over a 12-month period. The ACCC has set interim price and non-price terms and while it completes this inquiry.