Information on policy, frameworks and related reviews.

Reviewing the NBN Co and industry regulatory arrangements

The Australian Government plans to give all Australians access to high-speed broadband. Reviews of the NBN Co have suggested how it could be done better and the appropriate regulatory framework to promote competition.

The Australian Government commissioned the Vertigan review (led by Dr Michael Vertigan AC) which provided three separate reports in 2014.

The Australian Government's response to the Vertigan review was released in December 2014.

The Australian Government examined the NBN Coproject as a whole via a strategic review of NBN Co and investigated the state of broadband availability and quality across the country to help guide the NBN Co rollout.

The Australian Government also examined the public policy processes that led to the NBN Co project commencing.

Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (JSCNBN)

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (JSCNBN) was established in September 2016 to inquire into, and report on, the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The JSCNBN has been conducting inquiries into the business case for the NBN and the rollout of the NBN in rural and regional areas.

The Committee tabled its first report on 29 September 2017:
The rollout of the National Broadband Network

The Australian Government tabled its response on 16 January 2018:
Government Response: the Rollout of the National Broadband Network

The Committee tabled its second report on 19 November 2018:
Report into the NBN rollout in rural and regional areas.

The Australian Government tabled its response on 19 February 2019:
Government Response: the NBN rollout in rural and regional areas

No double up—the adequately served policy

Some parts of Australia already have fibre networks with high-speed broadband services. The Minister granted some of these networks 'adequately served' status.

The Australian Government has decided that NBN Co should not build another fibre network over the top of any existing adequately served networks in residential areas. The only exception will be if it's too expensive or too hard to go around or past an existing network rather than just build over it.

There are 45 networks in residential estates that the Minister has granted adequately served status. The four carriers supplying these areas agreed to be the 'infrastructure provider of last resort': they must offer a connection to all premises in the nominated network areas on either a wholesale or retail basis. Households can still choose their own retail service provider. Providers can no longer apply for adequately served status.

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