Communications

Joint functional separation undertakings - permitted information sharing

On 18 December 2020, the ACCC issued the Telecommunications (Permitted Information Sharing for Joint Functional Separation Undertakings) Determination 2020. This determination specifies the kinds of information provided by carriers and carriage service providers to retailers that may be shared with wholesalers bound by a joint functional separation undertaking.

LTRCM 2019-20

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.

Prices for regulated transmission services set to fall

The price of wholesale transmission services in many regional and rural parts of Australia will fall substantially following the ACCC’s decision to reduce the regulated prices for the declared Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS).

The wholesale transmission service underpins many communications services that consumers rely on, including mobile and broadband services. The ACCC regulates transmission services in areas where there is little competition between transmission providers or limited infrastructure.

ACCC report on modelling of the Regional Broadband Scheme Levy initial base component

The ACCC was required to report publicly and to the Minister for Communications by 21 October on certain aspects of the RBS, as set out in the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Act 2020. Specifically, the estimated losses of NBN Co’s fixed wireless and satellite services, and the levy required to offset the losses.

Disconnection arrangements for premises not NBN serviceable and premises affected by COVID-19 lockdown arrangements

On 15 September 2020, Telstra requested regulatory forbearance from the ACCC to begin implementation of new Managed Disconnection arrangements for premises that are not serviceable by the NBN, in lieu of arrangements set out in clause 15.9 of the Migration Plan. The proposed new arrangements outlined by Telstra have been agreed between Telstra and NBN Co.