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New Zealand published utility-style options paper

New Zealand has issued an options paper on its ongoing review of its telecoms act. It provides more detail on the proposed 'utility-style' regulatory framework for fixed line communication services and communications minister, Amy Adams, is seeking feedback on a range of implementation issues including the application of price/quality regulation based on the 'building blocks' model; rules on how assets are valued and costs recovered (input methodologies); ways to protect consumers from price shocks during the implementation period; and disclosure of cost and revenue information by regulated suppliers. The paper also discusses the future of mobile regulation, as well as digital convergence and 'net neutrality' issues, and improving the handling of consumer complaints by the telecoms sector. "Amy Adams, is proposing a mix of price and revenue caps for operators such as Chorus in an overhaul of legislation regulating the sector and how it can charge for services," reports Scoop Business. "The government had already signalled plans to change the way prices are regulated, mirroring regulation used in the electricity sector. Adams has proposed a revenue cap for an ultrafast broadband provider's regulatory asset base, and price caps for basic services such as voice-only, entry-level broadband, and basic broadband, deemed to be anchor products, as the preferred option." Read more  The paper is at


  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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