The ACCC released a discussion paper reviewing the 1997 access pricing principles on 3 December 2009. The review was undertaken in recognition of the evolution of the telecommunications sector since 1997. Submissions to the discussion paper were due by 26 February 2010.
Previously the ACCC has been guided by its 1997 document Access Pricing Principles—Telecommunications: a guide (1997 Access Pricing Principles) when determining pricing principles and indicative prices for the declared fixed line services. More recently, the ACCC decided to review these guidelines due to increasing industry agreement that the pricing approach outlined in the 1997 access pricing principles was no longer the most appropriate method for setting access prices.