In assessing Telstra’s revised Migration Plan, the ACCC’s role is limited to determining whether the Plan, as varied, complies with the Migration Plan Principles and Specified Matters Instrument. The ACCC cannot refuse to approve the revised Migration Plan merely because of a preference for another approach, nor can it seek revisions that are not consistent with the Migration Plan Principles.
The ACCC is seeking feedback from industry on whether Telstra’s revised Migration Plan complies with the Migration Plan Principles and the Specified Matters Instrument. The ACCC is required to publicly consult for 28 days on the revised Migration Plan. Submissions to the ACCC’s discussion paper are due by 4 May 2015.
The ACCC is working with Telstra and NBN Co to make some additional documents available to help stakeholders make informed submissions. For example, Telstra and NBN Co have revised the Disconnection Protocols under the Definitive Agreements, which set out the process which Telstra must follow for disconnection of premises from its copper and HFC networks.
Some of the measures to effectively migrate services in FTTN and FTTB areas will need to be developed outside the scope of the Migration Plan. The discussion paper notes that Telstra and NBN Co are developing an integrated migration process for these premises. The details of this process will be determined following consideration by a Communications Alliance working group. Communications Alliance members (or industry participants wishing to become a member) can obtain more information about this process by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ACCC can field any enquiries from non-members on the matter using the contact details in the discussion paper.