ACCC ends regulation on more exchanges

Summary:The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has increased the number of Telstra exchanges where the telco is not obligated to provide certain access services.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has increased the number of Telstra exchanges where the telco is not obligated to provide certain access services.

In 2009, the ACCC announced that it would publish a biannual list of the areas where Telstra doesn't have to provide wholesale line rental, local carriage services or public switched telephone network access services.

The exemptions apply in certain areas where, for example, there are a number of competitors using unconditioned local loop services which have a high market share.

In June, the Commission said that Telstra would be exempt from providing the above services in 120 exchanges, effective 30 December 2010.

Today the Commission increased that number by 52. The additional exchanges will be exempt from the regulations by 30 June 2011.

However, the ACCC is also going to make access determinations early next year, using the powers given to it by telco reform leglsation passed late last month.

Transitional provisions of the act allow exemptions to operate until the first access determination is made for each of the relevant declared services.

Topics: Telcos, Government, Government : AU, Legal, Microsoft, Telstra

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