CommComm releases telecoms paper

The paper outlines the Commission’s preliminary views on how the allocation process will work and invites interested parties to provide comment.

The Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) was introduced last year by the Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband, and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2011 and replaces the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) cost allocation process.

Telecommunications Commissioner Dr Ross Patterson says the TDL liability allocation process will apply to more companies and services than the TSO cost allocation process.

“This is because new definitions of ‘public telecommunications network’ and ‘qualified revenue’, which are used to determine liability, will capture broader range of revenue generating services such as video-on-demand programming.”

The Crown will use the TDL to pay for the TSO and other telecommunications infrastructure development in New Zealand. The levy was designed to streamline and more evenly apportion industry contributions for these developments.

Interested parties have until 5pm on Wednesday 29 February to comment on the discussion paper by emailing [email protected].

A copy of the discussion paper is on the Commission’s website: www.comcom.govt.nz/

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