The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a public inquiry into whether the wholesale ADSL service should continue to be regulated. Having initially declared access to the services in February 2012, in a press release the regulator has noted that it is required to review this declaration before it expires in February 2017.
While ADSL services remain the dominant fixed-line broadband technology in Australia, ACCC commissioner Roger Featherston was cited as saying: ‘A number of changes have occurred since the wholesale ADSL service was first declared in 2012, including the progressive rollout of the National Broadband Network [NBN] … 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.’
As per the discussion paper the ACCC is seeking submissions on a range of issues relevant to the inquiry, with these required by a deadline of 29 July 2016. A final decision on whether to retain the declaration is expected in early 2017.