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Draft decision on $50m liability allocation

Release No. 47

Draft decision on $50m liability allocation for telecommunications providers


The Commerce Commission today released its draft decision about how much 15 telecommunications providers will pay towards the $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for 2015/16.

The government uses the annual levy to pay for telecommunications infrastructure including the relay service for the deaf and hearing-impaired, broadband for rural areas, and improvements to the 111 emergency service.

The levy — about 1% of telecommunications services revenue — is paid by companies, or groups of companies, earning more than $10 million per year from operating a component of a public telecommunications network (fixed or wireless).

The draft decision sets out how much of the $50 million levy each of these ‘qualifying liable persons’ should pay in proportion to their qualified revenue. Based on the draft decision, over 90% of the contributions will be paid by Spark, Chorus, Vodafone and 2Degrees Mobile.

The Commission has also released its 2015/16 draft determination on the cost of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) operated by Sprint International New Zealand for the hearing and speech impaired. The Commission’s draft calculation has determined that the cost for that period is $2.6 million. This sum is payable by the Crown out of the $50 million levy.

The Commission invites submissions on both draft decisions. Submissions should be sent to telco@comcom.govt.nz by 5pm, 14 November 2016. The Commission anticipates releasing its final decisions in December.

The 2015/16 levy draft decision can be found here.

The 2015/16 TRS draft cost decision can be found here.

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