Contributed by: Craig Shrive and Edward Bowie
Published on: June 01, 2017
Today Communications Minister Hon Simon Bridges announced the final details of the Government's reform package following its review of the Telecommunications Act 2001. The Minister has essentially confirmed the new regime for fixed lines services previously proposed by the Government, with a few modifications following recent consultation.
Key aspects of the new regulatory framework for Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) services include:
For copper services:
The Minister also confirmed the Government's decisions on other aspects of telecommunications regulation, as follows:
The new regime is expected to be implemented from 2020, once most of the ultra-fast broadband build will be complete and the Government's current contractual arrangements for setting wholesale fibre prices fall away. Legislation implementing the changes is currently being drafted, and could be introduced before Parliament rises for the election.
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