The government panel charged with making recommendations for the regulatory framework that will surround Australia's National Broadband Network has questioned the role of existing regulatory body the ACCC.
In a 'Regulatory Issues Framing Paper' published earlier this week, the panel posed a number of questions on certain aspects of regulation with regard to the NBN; interested parties have until 14 March to submit their comments.
One of its key areas for consideration is whether the ACCC is best-placed to regulate Australia's telecoms market.
Or, as the paper put it: "Should responsibility for the economic regulation of telecommunications remain with the ACCC?"
In the paper the panel points out that Australia is unusual in that it has given responsibility for the economic regulation of telecoms to what it terms a "generalist body"; that is, the ACCC, or Australia Competition and Consumer Commission, is the country's competition watchdog, rather than being specifically a telecoms industry body.
"The panel would welcome views on whether the current allocation of responsibilities should remain or alternatively, what alternative approach would be preferable," the paper reads.
There has been no official comment from the ACCC.