Communications

ACCC releases draft access determinations for non-NBN superfast broadband services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its draft decision for the declared superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The draft determination outlines the prices retail service providers will pay, in the absence of a commercial agreement, to acquire NBN-like fixed line superfast broadband wholesale services on non-NBN networks.

Update on NBN Co and Telstra reporting initiatives

Telstra has commenced reporting to the ACCC each quarter on the number of HFC new connections, and SIOs by HFC distribution area, to provide visibility over whether out-of-the-ordinary demand for Telstra HFC services is emerging in areas subject to HDA activity.

NBN Co has established quarterly reports to assist the ACCC to test for potential advantages to Telstra in downstream markets from early access to NBN funded HFC lead-ins, or from outcomes that outperform those achieved by other NBN access seekers where Telstra is the NBN service delivery partner.

Consultation on Required Measure 5(A)

On 6 December 2016, Telstra provided the ACCC with a proposed Required Measure 5(A).

Required Measure 5(A) details the proposed process Telstra will use for the managed disconnection of direct Special Services and Special Service Inputs covered by NBN Co’s White Paper 1 – for the Ethernet Lite BDSL and Wholesale BDSL.

Required Measure 5(A) only applies where these services are supplied to premises to which NBN Co will deliver services using fibre to the premises, fibre to the basement or fibre to the node.

Businesses remove unfair contract terms before new law

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s new report into potentially unfair contract terms details its review of 46 contracts across seven industries, which resulted in a range of businesses making changes to their small business standard form contracts.

The ACCC will begin enforcing the new law this week [Nov 12], when consumer protections against unfair contract terms are extended to include up to 2 million Australian small businesses.

LTRCM 2015-16

Under Schedule 1E.1.2 of the SAU, the ACCC must publish an annual Long Term Revenue Constraint Methodology (LTRCM) determination in respect of the Annual Building Block Revenue Requirement (ABBRR), the Regulatory Asset Base (RAB) and the Initial Cost Recovery Account (ICRA) for the Initial Regulatory Period.

Discussion paper

On 26 October 2016, the ACCC released a discussion paper seeking views on a range of issues relevant to whether the ACCC should declare a domestic mobile roaming service. In addition to the discussion paper, the ACCC also released a guide on the inquiry for consumers.