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Australia: ACCC investigates deregulating ADSL

 |  July 4, 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced commencing an inquiry into whether wholesale ADSL internet services should continue being regulated in the face of the federal government’s National Broadband Network rollout, the use of mobile data, and the higher volumes of data being downloaded.

According to the ACCC, ADSL services are still the dominant broadband technology in use within Australia for fixed-line services, but technological progress — such as “super-fast” broadband being provided on fibre and hybrid fibre-coaxial NBN networks — needs to be taken into consideration.

“A number of changes have occurred since the wholesale ADSL service was first declared in 2012, including the progressive rollout of the National Broadband Network,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

“This inquiry will assist the ACCC in determining whether continued declaration of the wholesale ADSL service is in the long-term interests of end users.”

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