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Telecommunications Reform

(Links to Strategy 2: Advocacy and Public Policy)

Sponsor: David Farrar

Staff Support: Jordan Carter

Status: Active Smiley Smiley   


The purpose of this project is to keep tabs on the development of New Zealand's telecommunications and Internet industries, and resource InternetNZ's engagement in policy and regulatory debates.  It is set against the background of InternetNZ's success in driving for the operational separation of Telecom NZ.


$35,000 has been budgeted for the Telecommunications Reform project in 2009/10.

Overall Progress Summary:

In July there was no activity to report.

Activities Planned for August 2009:

  • Respond as required.


June and July 2009:

  • Analysed Cabinet paper on review of regulation.

May 2009:

  • No activity required.

April 2009:

  • Consider proposed changes to undertakings from Telecom and decided no submission required.

March 2009:

  • Watching brief.
  • Developed plans for the coming year.

February 2009:

  • Finalised response to the December NGN discusion document and lodged submission.
  • Prepared for the NGN Conference in February 2009. Jamie Baddeley and Jordan Carter presented for InternetNZ.

January 2009:

  • Drafted a response to the December NGN discusion document.
  • Prepared for the NGN Conference in February 2009.

December 2008:

  • NGN study consideration continues
  • Public discussion document released by Commission.

November 2008:

  • Follow up on NGN study issues, consider IP interconnection issues.

October 2008:

  • Followed up NGN study, considered IP Interconnect issue in more depth.
  • Lodged initial submissions on the NGN study.

September 2008:

  • Preparation and finalisation of submissions on the NGN study.

August 2008:

  • Attend TUANZ Telco Day II in Auckland (JC, RW).
  • Background research and development of submission to the Commission's NGN study.
  • Met with MED to discuss Rural Broadband Working Party framework and its implications for the Digital Strategy.

July 2008:

  • Submission on Telecom Accounting Separation. (Transferred to "Regulatory Issues and Submissions".)
  • Attended ACCC Regulatory Conference in Brisbane (JC).
  • Completed Rural Broadband Working Party work and submit to government.

June 2008:

  • Attended Tel.Con.9 conference in Auckland.

  • Prepared and lodged submission on Broadband Investment Fund criteria.
  • Site visit to Whangarei to see Northland/Kordia initiative (JC).
  • Progress Rural Broadband Working Party initiative, changed in light of Budget announcement and National Party announcements.

May 2008:

  • Responded to government budget announcements.
  • Attended TUANZ Telecommunications Day (8 May)
  • Meet with various stakeholders to discuss approach to fibre.
  • Attended Government's Broadband Investment Forum

March 2008:

Project initiated.

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