Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Broadband plan comparison is now even easier

One summary says it all - broadband plan comparison is now even easier


A standard format has been developed to help consumers compare different fixed line, residential broadband offers from New Zealand’s leading operators.

Members of the Telecommunications Forum (TCF), which include Compass Communications, NOW, Orcon, Slingshot, Snap, Telecom and Vodafone, have introduced an ‘Offer Summary’ for each of their residential fixed line broadband plans to help people make direct comparisons between various offers.

The agreed format for the Offer Summary, which forms part of the recently endorsed TCF Broadband Product Disclosure Code, comes as a result of detailed discussions within the TCF.

“We agree with the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Hon Amy Adams, that clear and consistent information helps consumers select the best option for their own circumstances from the wide range of broadband plans now available,” said David Stone, CEO of the TCF. “It also helps consumers understand the benefits they get by selecting higher speed broadband plans, such as those over fibre or cable.”

David Stone continued, “We’ve worked together to create a very consumer friendly format for the Offer Summary, taking advice from consumer representatives along the way to focus on the information that consumers want.”

The Offer Summary initiative forms part of the TCF’s Broadband Product Disclosure Code. Work on the Code is ongoing, and members are currently working to finalise an approach to accurately test broadband performance in a way that allows consumers to make true “apples with apples” comparisons between different offers. Once implemented, the measurements will also be included in the Offer Summaries.

The information contained in an Offer Summary includes all costs, termination fees, minimum contract periods, service availability, how to check your connection speed, effects on other services and what to do in the event of a dispute.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Half Full: Dairy Payouts Steady, Cash Will Be Tight

Industry body DairyNZ is advising farmers to focus on strong cashflow management as they look ahead to the 2015-16 season following Fonterra's half-year results announcement today. More>>

ALSO:

First Union: Cotton On Plans To Use “Tea Break” Law

“The Prime Minister reassured New Zealanders that ‘post the passing of this law, will you all of a sudden find thousands of workers who are denied having a tea break? The answer is absolutely not’... Cotton On is proposing to remove tea and meal breaks for workers in its safety sensitive distribution centre. How long before other major chains try and follow suit?” More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ-Korea FTA Signed Amid Spying, Lost Sovereignty Claims

A long-awaited free trade agreement between New Zealand and South Korea has been signed in Seoul by Prime Minister John Key and the Korean president, Park Geun-hye. More>>

ALSO:

PM Visit: NZ And Viet Nam Agree Ambitious Trade Target

New Zealand and Viet Nam have agreed an ambitious target of doubling two-way goods and service trade to around $2.2 billion by 2020, Prime Minister John Key has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Economy Grows 0.8% In Fourth Quarter

The New Zealand economy expanded in the fourth quarter as tourists drove growth in retailing and accommodation, and property sales increased demand for real estate services. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: RBNZ’s Wheeler Keeps OCR On Hold, No Rate Hikes Ahead

The Reserve Bank has removed the prospect of future interest rate hikes from its forecast horizon as a strong kiwi dollar and cheap oil hold down inflation, and the central bank ponders whether to lower its assessment of where “neutral” interest rates should be. The kiwi dollar gained. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news