Telstra see attempts to increase ULLS and LSS fees blocked

20 Jul 2009

Australian incumbent Telstra has seen 14 legal claims aimed at boosting the price of wholesale access to its copper network dismissed, according to The Australian. Telstra had claimed that operators utilising its unconditioned local loop service (ULLS) and line sharing service (LSS) should face fees of AUD30 (USD24.1) per month and AUD9 (USD7.2) per month respectively. Presently the rates for these services are set by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which has pegged the fee for ULLS at AUD14.30 per month and AUD2.50 per month for LSS. Legal action in the matter was brought to the Federal Court by the ACCC, alongside 14 of Australia’s largest internet service providers (ISPs), which included Optus, Macquarie Telecom and Primus. Commenting on the ruling, ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said: ‘It vindicates the robustness and the rigour that the ACCC applies in making these decisions and it potentially has some implications for the future decisions that we have to make in respect to a number of disputes we currently have before us.’