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.

Projects

Titlesort descending Industry Type Status
G9 FANOC - Fibre to the node SAU Communications Access undertaking Withdrawn
2007

On 10 March 2008, FANOC formally advised that it was withdrawing the Special Access Undertaking.

Access pricing principles for fixed line services review Communications Price determination Finalised
2010

Given the legislative changes under the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Act 2010, the ACCC suspended the review of the access pricing principles for fixed line services.

The ACCC continued to analyse submissions and new information received in response to the review of the access pricing principles.

Australian Competition Tribunal orders in relation to WLR, LCS & PSTN OA service access exemption Communications Access exemption Finalised
2008

The exemptions provisions relating to the WLR, LCS and PSTN OA services have been removed from the relevant final access determinations as of 17 December 2011. The exemptions no longer apply in any Exchange Service Areas.

Bundling in telecommunications markets Communications Information paper Finalised
2003

In August 2003 the ACCC released an information paper on bundling in the telecommunications industry.

Dispute resolution guidelines review Communications Review Ongoing
2004

The ACCC released the current guide to the resolution of telecommunications access disputes in March 2004.

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.

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 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.

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.

Fixed line wholesale services pricing review 2009-2010 Communications Review Finalised
2010

On 3 December 2009 the ACCC announced a fundamental review of the Access Pricing Principles for telecommunications services. As a result of the review, the ACCC decided to maintain the current pricing principles and indicative prices for fixed line services until 31 December 2010.

Fixed network & local services pricing principles & indicative prices 2006-2007 Communications Price determination Finalised
2006

The ACCC released its final indicative prices in November 2006. The indicative prices relate to the 2006 and 2007 calendar years.

Fixed network services declaration inquiry Communications Access declaration Finalised
2005

On 15 July 2009, the ACCC issued a final decision to extend the declaration of each of the six fixed-line services for a period of five years until 31 July 2014.

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.

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