news The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a consultation paper inviting feedback on NBN Co’s proposed variation to the way it provides services over the national broadband network.
The company’s remit is set out in the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) – an important part of the framework for governing prices and other terms by which NBN Co will provide services to retailers until 2040.
NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to the SAU with the ACCC on 27 May, according to a statement from the commission.
The consultation paper details the main changes NBN Co seeks to make to the undertaking and highlights other issues on which the ACCC is inviting feedback.
According to the ACCC, the primary changes would be to incorporate fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) and hybrid-fibre coaxial technologies (HFC) into the undertaking.
NBN Co has proposed that it would expand the service description to reflect these additional technologies, as well as add new clauses to address matters relating to FTTN and FTTB services, 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,” said ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston.
“Changes to the Special Access Undertaking are needed to accommodate services under the multi-technology NBN model. 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,” he said.
The ACCC said stakeholder comments will be important when considering whether the proposed variations to the undertaking meet the legislative requirements.
Following the consultation process, the ACCC must decide whether to accept or reject the proposed variation to the SAU according to the criteria set out in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
The closing date for feedback on NBN Co’s proposed variation is 26 August 2016.
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