On 30 October 2018, the ACCC received three new access undertakings in relation to the commencement of Digital Radio services in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart. The three undertakings lodged by the joint venture companies (JVCs) in each licence area (i.e. Canberra, Darwin and Hobart) are identical.
On 19 November 2018, the ACCC released a consultation and position paper to seek stakeholders’ views on the degree to which the undertakings meet the legislative requirements, and pursuant to those, the decision-making criteria developed by the ACCC. The due date for submissions was 17 December 2018.
The three undertakings, consultation and position paper, and the submissions to this paper are provided below.
After consultation with stakeholders the ACCC has asked for subsequent submissions from the CRA and the CBAA in February 2019.
The ACCC will take into consideration all submissions received to make a final decision in March 2019.