Fixed line services

Under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act), the ACCC is able to declare and make final access determinations for listed carriage services if it considers it is in the long term interests of end users for it to do so. The ACCC regulates seven fixed line services.

About fixed line services

Under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA), the ACCC is able to declare and make final access determinations for listed carriage services if it considers it is in the long term interests of end users for it to do so. The ACCC regulates seven fixed line services.

Projects

Title Industry Type Status
SBAS Final Access Determination Inquiry 2016 Communications Access determination Finalised
26 May 2017
On 29 July 2016, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to make a final access determination (FAD) for the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) under section 152BC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). This followed the release of the ACCC’s decision to declare the SBAS on 29 July 2016.
LBAS Final Access Determination Inquiry 2015 Communications Access determination Finalised
26 May 2017

On 7 April 2015, the ACCC commenced an access determination inquiry in relation to the Local Bitstream Access Service (LBAS) as required under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the CCA).

Wholesale ADSL service declaration inquiry 2016 Communications Access declaration Finalised
14 October 2016
On 4 July 2016 the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into whether the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service should continue to be declared.
Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Communications Access declaration Finalised
29 July 2016

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.

Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Communications Access determination Finalised
9 October 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:

Fixed line services - FAD variation inquiry 2014 Communications Access variation Finalised
20 June 2014

On 17 April 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into varying the final access determinations (FADs) for the unconditioned local loop service (ULLS), line sharing service (LSS), wholesale line rental (WLR) service and local carriage service (LCS) to reflect the changes to the scope of fixed line services regulation.

This inquiry considered whether the ACCC should vary the LCS and WLR service FADs to reflect the ACCC’s recent decision to remove the regulatory ‘carve outs’ for the central business districts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Fixed line services declaration inquiry 2013 Communications Access declaration Finalised
17 April 2014
On 11 July 2013, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced a combined public inquiry into the declaration of the fixed line services.
Wholesale ADSL final access determination (FAD) 2013 Communications Access determination Finalised
2013
On 29 May 2013, the ACCC made a Final Access Determination (FAD) for the declared Wholesale ADSL Service.
Local Bitstream Access Service (LBAS) declaration Communications Access declaration Finalised
2012
On 22 February 2012, the ACCC made a decision to declare a layer 2 bitstream service, to be called the local bitstream access service (LBAS).
Local Bitstream Access Service (LBAS) final access determination 2012 Communications Access determination Finalised
2012
On 3 October 2012, the ACCC made a final access determination (FAD) for the LBAS. A copy of the LBAS FAD is available on the public register of access determinations.
Fixed line services variation inquiry 2012 Communications Access variation Finalised
2012
In accordance with clause 4.1B of the FADs, clause 4.1A of the FADs expired on 7 December 2012.
Wholesale ADSL declaration inquiry 2012 Communications Access declaration Finalised
2012

On 16 December 2011 the ACCC commenced an inquiry into declaration of wholesale ADSL services under section 152AL of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act).

The ACCC issued a discussion paper inviting submissions on whether declaration of wholesale ADSL services would promote the long-term interests of end-users.

On 14 February 2012 the ACCC decided to declare the wholesale ADSL service under section 152AL(3) of the Act.

Geographic exemption variation inquiry 2011 Communications Access variation Finalised
2011
On 16 December 2011 the ACCC released a final decision to vary the final access determinations (FADs) to remove the exemption provisions for the WLR, LCS and PSTN OA declared fixed line services.
Fixed line services final access determination (FAD) 2011 Communications Access determination Finalised
2011
On 20 July 2011 the ACCC made FADs for the declared fixed line services. The FADs are backdated to commence on 1 January 2011 and expire on 30 June 2014.

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