Business

ACCC sets guidelines for NBN

Henrik Jonsson (iStock Photo)

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACC) has released final guidelines on the non-discrimination provisions binding NBN Co.

As part of the National Broadband Network reforms, NBN Co and other providers of wholesale superfast telecommunications services are prohibited from discriminating between their customers.

"These guidelines reflect the ACCC's approach to interpreting and enforcing the non-discrimination provisions. They are designed to provide guidance to industry on when the ACCC will consider that network providers such as NBN Co have acted in a discriminatory manner," ACCC commissioner Ed Willett said.

"The guidelines do not preclude other parties that are affected by a contravention of the provisions from taking action under the CCA."

Under the ACCC's approach, if more favourable supply terms are only offered to a limited number of customers the ACCC will consider this to be discriminatory, except in limited circumstances.

"The ACCC has not sought to identify in its guidelines every example of conduct that may contravene the non-discrimination provisions. Rather, it has taken a pragmatic approach to the provisions to ensure that competition and efficient outcomes are not undermined," Mr Willett said.

The ACCC will actively monitor compliance with the non-discrimination provisions.

The final guidelines and the ACCC's response to issues raised by submissions to the draft guidelines will be available on the ACCC's website, www.accc.gov.au

Topics:  accc, competition, nbn, pricing




Big smack: Macca's car park bingle

McBingle: A minor collision in the McDonalds car park on Targo St. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail.

P-plater hits car in drive-through

UPDATE: Police investigate crash that killed man, 58

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Sam Mac sings a weather report for Bundaberg

MORNING SONG: Sam Mac creates a song for the Booyal Central State School in the Seven Sunrise weather cross.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Live from from Booyal Central State School

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

Sam Mac sings a weather report for Bundaberg

MORNING SONG: Sam Mac creates a song for the Booyal Central State School in the Seven Sunrise weather cross.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Live from from Booyal Central State School

Coming up on your TVs this September...

Don't miss A Place to Call Home as season four launches this September.

HERE'S a sneak peek at what's coming up on Foxtel.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale