ACCC publishes exemption applications from Telstra

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ACCC publishes exemption applications from Telstra

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published Telstra's exemption applications made in relation to its supply of the domestic transmission capacity service (DCTS) for tail-end and inter-exchange DTCS in CBD areas.

Under the Trade Practices Act 1974, the ACCC must not make an order granting an exemption unless it is satisfied that the exemption will promote the long-term interests of end users.

The ACCC has requested Telstra to supply public versions of all supporting material and will publish the additional material on its website once these have been received.

It will ensure interested parties have reasonable access to Telstra's confidential submissions, to allow adequate examination and comment on the applications. A confidentiality undertaking for interested parties to sign for access to the confidential submissions will shortly be provided on the website.

According to the ACCC it will also set a discussion paper and set a time limit for submissions on the exemption applications by interested parties. The ACCC invites submissions on any aspect of the exemptions.

Telstra has previously submitted an exemption application in relation to its supply of the DCTS on August 24, 2007, for 20 capital-regional routes. The ACCC released a discussion paper on October 19, 2007 and received submissions. A draft decision will follow.
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