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ACCC Invites Feedback On Proposed NBN SAU Changes

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a consultation paper on NBN Co’s proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) and is inviting feedback.

The consultation paper, describing the main changes and outlining other key issues on which the ACCC is seeking feedback, follows NBN Co lodging a proposed variation to the SAU,  which governs the price and other terms upon which it will supply wholesale services over the NBN, with the ACCC in May.

The main proposed changes incorporate fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) and hybrid fibre-coaxial technologies into the SAU, with NBN Co proposing to expand the service description to reflect the additional technologies.

NBN Co is also proposing to add new clauses to address specific matters relating to FTTN and FTTB services during the NBN rollout, and to change the nature and extent of commitments to report rollout progress information.

“The ACCC is especially interested in receiving feedback on industry’s experience in accessing and resupplying NBN services to date,” ACCC commissioner Roger Featherston commented.

“Changes to the Special Access Undertaking are needed to accommodate services under the multi-technology NBN model. We want to be sure the commitments in the undertaking continue to promote competition in NBN markets and remain in the long-term interests of consumers.”

The ACCC states that stakeholder comments will be important in considering whether the proposed variations to the SAU meet the legislative requirements, with August 26 the closing date for submissions.

Further information can be found here.

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