The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has started a public inquiry into ADSL wholesale services to see if it should continue to regulate the industry.
ADSL is based on the legacy copper network which provides the vast majority of Internet access across the country.
However, in light of the rollout of the national broadband network (NBN), the consumer watchdog is assessing whether continued regulation of the sector is in the best interest of consumers.
The ACCC first declared access to the wholesale service in February 2012 and is required to review the declaration before it expires in February 2017.
ACCC commissioner, Roger Featherston, said a number of changes had occurred since the wholesale ADSL service was first declared in 2012, including the progressive rollout of the National Broadband Network.
“This inquiry will assist the ACCC in determining whether continued declaration of the wholesale ADSL service is in the long-term interests of end users.”
The discussion paper seeks submissions by July 29 2016 on a range of issues relevant to the inquiry.
The ACCC has released a wholesale ADSL service discussion paper as part of the process which is available on its website.
The ACCC expects to finalise its decision in early 2017 before the current declaration expires.