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.
Vectored VDSL2 technology is capable of delivering superfast broadband service over the final length of copper cable. The use of vectoring removes interference that would otherwise reduce the data speeds that could be provided on copper lines within a single cable. However, vectoring is only effective if there is one network provider operating all the copper lines within a cable. This could give rise to competition concerns if providers were to install vectored VDSL2 equipment in multi-dwelling buildings without providing access to other retail services providers on competitive terms.
On 29 July 2016, the ACCC declared a superfast broadband access service (SBAS). This declaration commenced on 29 July 2016. This declaration will expire on 28 July 2021
On 29 July 2016, the ACCC commenced an SBAS FAD inquiry and decided to combine the SBAS FAD inquiry with the current LBAS FAD inquiry, under section 152BCJ(1) of the Act.
The ACCC will shortly release a consultation paper for this combined SBAS/LBAS public inquiry.