New Zealand’s Commerce Commission (ComCom) has published a draft proposal for the prices at which Telecom New Zealand must make its local loop infrastructure available to rivals. The monthly rental charge for unbundled local loops in urban areas has been set at NZD16.49 (USD12.56), while in rural areas the charge is NZD32.20. The one-off cost of transferring a customer has been given as NZD83.70. The draft determination is open to comments until 29 August, with a final ruling set to be made in November. Telecom is due to begin offering unbundled local connections in early 2008, with a progressive rollout of the service across much of the country.