Telecom to challenge ComCom’s broadband ruling

20 Dec 2005

New Zealand fixed line incumbent Telecom is poised to challenge the Commerce Commission’s (ComCom’s) ruling that it must open up its access networks to rival TelstraClear to provide broadband internet services. ComCom earlier ruled that Telecom must provide TelstraClear nationwide bitstream access with the ‘maximum downstream speed available’ for a flat rate fee of NZD27.87 (USD25.84) a month, plus tax. However, Telecom has countered that the watchdog’s ‘one size fits all’ policy could harm the development of broadband services in rural areas as it will focus investment on more lucrative urban markets. Telecom spokesman Bruce Parkes confirmed that the telco was likely to challenge the ruling through an appeal, or request a continuation of the current judicial review proceedings.

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