National Broadband Network (NBN)

The ACCC has a number of responsibilities in the regulation of the National Broadband Network through Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. We have a role in determining the terms and conditions of access to services provided over the National Broadband Network, including through special access undertakings and access determinations. We also publish and maintain explanatory material about the non-discrimination obligations that apply to NBN Co, and are involved in determining and reviewing the locations of the NBN points of interconnect.

Projects

Title Industry Type Status
NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking Communications Monitoring Ongoing
27 April 2021

On 13 December 2013 the ACCC accepted NBN Co's Special Access Undertaking (SAU). The SAU commenced on 13 December 2013 and will expire in 2040.

Non-discrimination under Part XIC of the CCA and Part 8 of the Telecommunications Act Communications Guideline Ongoing
18 May 2021

Non-discrimination provisions were introduced into Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN) reforms.

Review of NBN regulatory framework Communications Undertaking variation Ongoing

On 18 June 2021, the ACCC hosted an industry roundtable to commence a process to consider the regulatory framework for the NBN.

NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report Communications Policy development Ongoing
20 August 2021

The ACCC proposes to publish a NBN Wholesale Market Indicators report which would provide, on a quarterly basis, visibility over the development of the wholesale market for NBN access services.

Inquiry into NBN access pricing Communications Inquiry Finalised
4 November 2020

On 14 October 2019, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into the prices that NBN Co charges access seekers to use the National Broadband Network (NBN) for supplying residential grade broadband services. The ACCC is considering whether regulatory intervention is necessary in respect of these access products, particularly basic speed access products.

NBN Co SAU variation: extension to non-price terms Communications Access undertaking Ongoing

On 8 May 2019, NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) allows NBN Co to give the ACCC a variation to an SAU already in operation. The ACCC accepted NBN Co’s current SAU on 13 December 2013, following an extensive consultation process.

NBN wholesale service standards inquiry Communications Inquiry Finalised
4 November 2020

On 2 November 2017, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to determine whether NBN wholesale service standard levels are appropriate, and consider whether regulation is necessary to improve consumer experiences.

Regional Broadband Scheme Levy report Communications Policy development Ongoing
21 October 2020

The Government has enacted the Regional Broadband Scheme (RBS) to fund the loss making components of the NBN (i.e. fixed wireless and satellite services) through a levy on fixed line infrastructure providers.

NBN Co SAU variation 2017 Communications Access undertaking Finalised

On 22 June 2017, NBN Co formally withdrew its original SAU variation lodged with the ACCC on 27 May 2016. NBN Co simultaneously lodged a new proposed variation to its SAU (revised SAU variation).

On 2 August 2017, the ACCC released a consultation paper on the revised SAU variation.

On 25 January 2018, the ACCC extended its decision making period in respect of NBN Co’s proposed SAU variation.

NBN Co SAU variation Communications Undertaking variation Finalised
April 2017

On 27 May 2016, NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) allows NBN Co to give the ACCC a variation to an SAU already in operation. The ACCC accepted NBN Co’s current SAU on 13 December 2013, following an extensive consultation process.

Information disclosure by NBN Co Communications Policy development Finalised
30 June 2015

The ACCC is consulting on what information NBN Co should disclose about the rollout of its network.

ACCC past involvement in next generation networks Communications Policy advice Finalised

ACCC reports to the next generation networks discussions.

NBN Co - special access undertaking 2013 Communications Access undertaking Finalised
13 Dec 2013

On 19 November 2013, NBN Co Ltd lodged a varied special access undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC.

NBN Points of Interconnect POIs Communications Review Ongoing

In 2010, the Australian government asked the ACCC and NBN Co to publicly consult and agree the number and location of initial points of interconnection to the National Broadband Network that will best meet the long-term interests of end-users.

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