The ACCC released its draft decision on the revised Special Access Undertaking (SAU) lodged by NBN Co.  If accepted, the SAU would be a key part of the framework that governs the price and other terms upon which NBN Co will supply services over its fibre, wireless and satellite networks to telecommunications companies.

The draft decision notes that many features of the SAU – including the ‘modular’ design, the initial prices and long term price commitments, the revenue constraint and the commitments to consult with customer on various matters – have merit.

The ACCC issued a consultation paper about the proposed variations and stated that the proposals are generally directed towards preserving the primacy of commercially negotiated access agreements in the regime, and ensuring that, for matters not directly dealt with in the SAU, the access regime would continue to operate in the ordinary way.