The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Wednesday it had started initial consultations ahead of making final access determinations on regulations for Telstra’s six fixed-line services and for wholesale ADSL.
The fixed-line services allow other telecommunications companies to use Telstra's existing copper network facilities to provide voice and broadband services to retail customers.
Services to be examined by the inquiry are the six fixed line services (the unconditioned local loop service, line-sharing service, local carriage service, wholesale line rental service, fixed originating access service, fixed terminating access service, and the wholesale ADSL service.
“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,” ACCC commissioner Roger Featherston said.
As well as commencing initial consultations the ACCC is inviting submissions on issues concerning the next FAD.
“The ACCC would like to hear from stakeholders about a range of factors that can influence the cost of providing the fixed line services.
“It will also explore whether existing FAD prices should be continued. In addition, the ACCC is considering the structure and term of this arrangement,” the ACCC said in Wednesday’s statement.
Responses are being sought by 25 January 2019 and the ACCC says it will release a more detailed consultation and position paper in February 2019 with submissions due by 31 March 2019.