A public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for Telstra’s six fixed line services and for wholesale ADSL has been launched by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In a press release regarding the matter, the regulator said this initial consultation was seeking submissions on issues concerning the next FAD, saying it hopes to hear from stakeholders about a range of factors than can influence the cost of providing the fixed line services. In addition, the ACCC has said it intends to explore whether existing FAD prices should be continued, while it will also consider the structure and term of this arrangement. Responses are sought by 25 January 2019, following which the regulator aims to release a more detailed consultation and position paper in February 2019, to which submissions will be due by 31 March 2019.
Commenting, ACCC commissioner Roger Featherston was cited as saying: ‘Our inquiry will consider the terms and conditions that should be covered in the FAD, including the prices for the services and non-price terms and conditions of access.’