Communications

Peering criteria increase transparency in the internet interconnection market

The ACCC says recent developments in the wholesale market for internet interconnection services will boost competition in the supply of internet connectivity and hosted services to corporate and government customers and lead to a better online experience for end-users.

Optus, Telstra, and TPG have recently published the criteria on which they will consider peering with other internet service providers (ISPs), detailing the requirements other providers need to achieve in order to directly interconnect with them on a settlement free basis.

Internet interconnection

Internet interconnection refers to the arrangements individual networks make with other networks to exchange internet traffic. To access content on (or originating from) another service provider’s network, an internet service provider must interconnect directly or indirectly (via a third party network) with that service provider. The two types of commercial models for internet interconnection are transit and peering.

ACCC assessment of internet interconnection arrangements

Internet interconnection refers to the arrangements individual networks make with other networks to exchange internet traffic. To access content on (or originating from) another service provider’s network, an internet service provider must interconnect directly or indirectly (via a third party network) with that service provider. The two types of commercial models for internet interconnection are transit and peering.

Optus misled customers over ‘Direct Carrier Billing’ charges

The ACCC has commenced proceedings against Optus, alleging it made false or misleading representations to consumers in relation to its third-party billing service known as ‘Direct Carrier Billing’ (DCB).

Optus has admitted that it made false or misleading representations in contravention of the ASIC Act, and has agreed to apply jointly with the ACCC for orders from the Federal Court.

Copyright Guidelines 2019

The ACCC released draft guidelines for consultation in 2006, but did not proceed to finalise these guidelines as it considered that its participation in Copyright Tribunal proceedings would both test its new role under the Copyright Act and further inform the development of the guidelines. The ACCC considers it is now an opportune time to revise the draft Copyright Guidelines and move towards issuing final guidelines.