Aussie watchdog calls for consultation on nbn rollout changes

Aussie watchdog calls for consultation on nbn rollout changes

ACCC addresses FTTN, FTTB and HFC changes to rollout plan

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has today published a consultation paper inviting submissions on nbn Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU).

The SAU is part of the regulatory framework for governing prices and other terms upon which NBN Co will supply services over the nbn to retailers until 2040.

nbn Co lodged a proposed variation to the undertaking with the ACCC on 27 May 2016.

The consultation paper describes the main changes nbn Co is seeking to make to the undertaking and outlines other key issues on which the ACCC is seeking feedback.

The main proposed changes are to incorporate fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) and hybrid fibre coaxial technologies (HFC) into the undertaking.

nbn Co wants to expand the service description to reflect additional technologies; add new clauses to address specific matters relating to FTTN and FTTB services during the nbn rollout; and change the nature and extent of commitments to report rollout progress information.

"The ACCC is especially interested in receiving feedback on industry’s experience in accessing and re-supplying nbn services to date," ACCC Commissioner, Roger Featherston, said.

"We want to be sure the commitments in the undertaking continue to promote competition in nbn markets and remain in the long-term interests of consumers."

The ACCC must decide whether to accept or reject the variation to the SAU in accordance with the criteria set out in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The organisation said stakeholder comments will be important when considering whether proposed variations to the undertaking meet the legislative requirements.

The closing date for submissions on nbn Co’s proposed variation is 26 August 2016.

The ACCC consultation paper, nbnN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking, and related documentation are available on the ACCC website.

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