Regulator publishes draft ruling on TDL contributions

13 Nov 2014

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has issued its draft decision on the proposed contributions to the country’s NZD50 million (USD39 million) Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for 2013/14. The government uses the fund to pay for telecoms infrastructure, including the relay service for the deaf and hearing-impaired, broadband for rural areas, and improvements to 111 emergency services. Under the draft ruling, Spark (formerly Telecom New Zealand) will be liable to pay 38.17% of the total (NZD19.1 million), while Vodafone will contribute 27.82% (NZD13.9 million) and Chorus 22.92% (NZD11.5 million). The remainder will be divided among 17 smaller telcos and internet service providers (ISPs). The draft decision is now open for submissions until 28 November, with a final ruling due to be published in late December.