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ACCC seeks comment on 'pull through' activities for the NBN

NBN Co or its contractors will undertake any pull through activities.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking comment on Telstra's migration plan [PDF] for ‘pull through’ activities for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The discussion paper relates to the ‘pull through’ process which will use existing copper or HFC lines to pull fibre through conduits to connect some premises to the NBN.

This process will result in existing telco services being temporarily cut, with Telstra required to seek permission from its wholesale customers to pull through lines which they are providing services over and also to notify wholesale customers if the process is not successful.

NBN Co or its contractors will undertake any pull through activities.

“These processes may have important implications for the ability of wholesale customers to minimise disruption to the supply of communication services to consumers,” the ACCC said in a statement.

Telstra filed a migration plan with the ACCC in August 2011 and lodged a draft response in October 2012 to required measures 2, 3, 4 and 6 that the ACCC was recently seeking comment on.

The ACCC was looking for public comment on four of the measures Telstra developed relating to the telco's NBN migration, including security measures around it receiving information from NBN Co’s to ensure it does not obtain an unfair advantage from information it receives from NBN Co.

Other measures in the discussion paper related to Telstra switching off its HFC and copper networks once an area is NBN-ready and situations where the telco will build copper paths to provide services which are not yet available on the NBN or do not have an NBN-comparable service.

Submissions for comment on pull activities close 1 February, 2012.

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