ACCC seeks feedback on NBN rollout transparency

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently seeking feedback from telecommunication companies on the information that NBN Co should disclose about the rollout of its network.

“This consultation is designed to increase transparency around the network rollout and ensure all telco service providers are equally informed of important developments,” ACCC Commissioner Cristina Cifuentes said.

Under the new ‘multi-technology mix’ model for the NBN, Telstra will work closely with NBN Co in the planning, design and construction of the network. As a result, Telstra will have access to sensitive information about the rollout, including on progress towards milestones and the technology mix that will be used in particular areas.

“The Government has proposed requiring NBN Co to make information available to all so that service providers are on an equal footing. This should help prevent Telstra getting any special advantage as a result of its involvement with the rollout,” Ms Cifuentes said.

The ACCC has released a discussion paper detailing how to make a submission and asking interested parties about what information NBN Co should disclose, how it should be disclosed and at what level of detail. Also under consideration is how frequently information should be released and how it should be kept up to date.

 

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