ACCC gives the nod to proposed variation to NBN Migration Plan

6 Mar 2018

A variation to the National Broadband Network (NBN) Migration Plan proposed by Telstra which will allow for ‘fibre-to-the-curb’ (FTTC) as a new access technology for NBN connections has been accepted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Previously, in response to a discussion paper the regulator had released in December on Telstra’s proposed FTTC variation stakeholders were said to have identified concerns with the connection process proposed by NBN Co – the company rolling out the NBN infrastructure. Now, ACCC chairman Rod Sims has confirmed that revised proposals regarding the process have proved more agreeable, saying: ‘The proposed connection processes could have resulted in people being left without a phone or internet service before their FTTC service was operating … NBN Co have now agreed to change connection processes and undertake data testing to ensure FTTC services are operating prior to disconnection of existing services.’ In a press release announcing the development the ACCC noted that NBN Co will notify FTTC service customers that they have up to 18 months to switch their existing services to an NBN service before their phone and internet services are disconnected.