New Zealand’s government has published a discussion paper as part of its review of the Telecommunications Act 2001, with authorities keen to revamp the aging legislation. Communications Minister Amy Adams commented: ‘Digital convergence, new technology and innovation are transforming the way we live, work and do business and communication networks have come a long way since the Telecommunications Act was passed in 2001.’ She went on to add: ‘This review is a critical step in ensuring we have a regulatory regime which supports growth, investment and innovation in these sectors into the future. The more certainty communications sector investors have about the regulatory environment, the better placed they are to deliver more technology choices for consumers.’
Some of the topics under the spotlight include: outcomes and goals for the New Zealand communications sector; setting wholesale prices for fixed line services after 2020; the mobile sector and radio spectrum; the regulatory toolkit for communications; congestion and net neutrality; and switching over to fibre from copper services. Submissions from interested parties are being accepted until 27 October.