Following a public inquiry on the matter, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has confirmed it is extending the declaration of Telstra’s six fixed line telecommunications services to 30 June 2024. In a press release the regulator noted that it will continue to declare the following six fixed line services: unconditioned local loop service (ULLS), line sharing service (LSS), wholesale line rental (WLR), local carriage service (LCS), and fixed originating and terminating access services (FOAS and FTAS). In so doing, the ACCC said it believed the continued regulation will ‘help improve certainty for end users during the transition to the NBN [National Broadband Network], expected to be completed in 2020’.
The ACCC must now launch a separate inquiry to consider and then determine access terms and pricing that will apply to both the six fixed line and wholesale ADSL services; these conditions will be set out in the Final Access Determination (FAD), which is expected to be published in June 2019.
Commenting on the matter, ACCC chairman Rod Sims was cited as saying: ‘Continuing regulation during the NBN build and migration period will ensure service providers that use Telstra’s copper network at reasonable terms and prices. This will encourage competition in the retail market and deliver greater choices for end-users in the form of better prices, service quality and service options.’