ACCC issues final guidelines on non-discrimination for NBN and superfast telecommunications networks

19 April 2012:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released final guidelines on the non-discrimination provisions contained in Part XIC of theCompetition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).  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. The ACCC has a role under the CCA to prepare explanatory material and enforce the non-discrimination provisions.  “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.

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