The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to set its draft regulatory fixed-line pricing for five years so there will be certainty for ISPs as they transition onto the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The consumer watchdog kicked-off a public inquiry and published a discussion paper on the draft prices for six fixed-line services last week.
Interim backhaul wholesale access prices were released last month but the ACCC wants to keep the prices for another five years starting July 1.
Services include unconditional local loop (ULL) which allows ISPs to provision services on a wholesale network using their own DSLAM equipment.
“The proposed five year period will provide all industry participants with certainty regarding fixed-line prices during the initial transition to the NBN,” acting ACCC chairman, Michael Schaper, said in a statement.
ULL pricing will be set for metropolitan and regional areas at around $16. While this reduces the access prices for regional areas, the prices for densely populated city centres have increased.
The draft prices have been criticised as too high.