Fixed line regulations retained for five more years by the ACCC

5 Jun 2009

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will extend regulations on a range of fixed line services for a period of five years, the maximum allowed. itWire reports that the regulator will retain current legislation applicable to; unconditioned local loop service (ULLS) ; line sharing service (LSS); local carriage service (LCS); wholesale line rental (WLS); and PSTN originating and terminating access (OTA) services. The ACCC claims that its decision was, in part, tempered by the impending creation of the National Broadband Network (NBN), which it contends will have a significant effect on the regulatory environment. However, the regulator has not ruled out making further changes to fixed line regulations, including the removal of some legislation, should the situation change; Peter Kell, the ACCC’s acting chairman, noted: ‘The ACCC is satisfied that sufficient statutory mechanisms exist to review the regulation of fixed line services if required at any time, given a change in market conditions or other developments, such as the NBN services becoming available.’