Domestic transmission capacity service declaration inquiry 2018-2019

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On 5 March 2018 the ACCC commenced an inquiry into the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) including whether to extend, vary or revoke the DTCS declaration. The DTCS inquiry seeks stakeholder views on a broad range of issues relevant to the transmission market. A draft decision setting out the ACCC’s preliminary findings has been released.

On 19 December 2018 the ACCC issued binding rules of conduct (BROC) setting interim prices for wholesale transmission services to Christmas Island. The rules set temporary price terms for access to regulated DTCS provided over long-distance subsea cable infrastructure.

On 19 December 2018 the ACCC also announced the commencement of a public inquiry into varying the DTCS Final Access Determination (FAD) and the commencement of a separate inquiry into the making of a new DTCS FAD to replace the existing FAD once it expires on 31 December 2019.

The ACCC will run a combined public consultation process covering both inquiries and will release a discussion paper in early 2019.

More information on the DTCS and the ACCC's regulation of the DTCS is available in our consumer guides.

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