On 17 December 2020, ARTC sent a letter to the ACCC stating that it intended to extend the term of the 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking (IAU). Before submitting an application to extend the term of the 2008 IAU, ARTC intends to consult with its customers in respect of an appropriate extension term.
Under section 2.2(b) of the 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking (IAU), ARTC must submit to the ACCC a written statement outlining whether or not it intends to submit a new undertaking to the ACCC for its consideration, no later than six months prior to the expiry of the 2008 IAU. ARTC’s 2008 IAU is due to expire on 30 June 2021.
The ACCC will not oppose BGC’s proposed acquisition of Midland Brick.
BGC and Midland Brick both manufacture and supply clay bricks in Western Australia, along with other clay and masonry building products. BGC is also a residential and commercial builder.
“We examined the proposed acquisition carefully, because it would combine two of the three major suppliers of clay bricks in the West Australian market,” ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said.
Increased broadband speeds have improved performances of popular streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube during mid-September and October when compared to a pre-COVID baseline of February 2020.
The ACCC’s second Critical Services Report released today, tracks the performance of the NBN fixed-line broadband connections that support popular streaming and video conferencing services.