5 October 2012: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its final access determination (FAD) for the declared local bitstream access service (LBAS).
The LBAS is a wholesale access service for fixed line networks that have been built or are upgraded after January 2011. The LBAS is provided to residences and small business where the download transmission rate is superfast (25 megabits per second (Mbps) or faster). It is a ‘last mile’ fixed line service. The LBAS apply to the NBN or to wireless or satellite networks.
The FAD contains both price and non-price terms and conditions for a 25/5 Mbps LBAS service. There is a price ceiling set at $27 per service per month. This ceiling is benchmarked to the NBN Co wholesale broadband agreement (WBA) price for a similar service. The FAD requires LBAS providers to supply a voice service if requested by an access seeker. The FAD also contains non-price terms and conditions of access as a base position if parties cannot come to a commercial agreement.
You can read more about the FAD from the ACCC at http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1083341/fromItemId/2332