Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Telecommunications Bill Supplementary Order Paper

Government Releases Telecommunications Bill Supplementary Order Paper

Communications Minister Paul Swain has released a Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) that contains the government’s proposed amendments to the Telecommunications Bill considered by the Commerce Select Committee.

He said the SOP contains a number of amendments principally incorporating the recommendations of the government members of the select committee.

Key issues include:
- Strengthening the wholesaling regime by including residential (price capped) services
- Specification of mobile roaming and co-location
- Specification of co-location at BCL’s sites
- Aligning the purpose clause with the Commerce Act
- Listing matters that may be considered by road owners in setting reasonable conditions on the work of telecommunications network operators on roads.

Paul Swain said that the national roaming regime had to balance the rights of the incumbent with the need to ensure that a new entrant could compete effectively.

“Consequently the Telecommunications Commissioner will need to set milestones for infrastructure roll out by the access seeker and will need to be convinced that the access seeker is a viable organisation.

"The Commissioner will be required to take into account any capacity constraints on the incumbent's network.

“More importantly, roaming will not be granted till the access seeker has met at least a 10% national coverage threshold. This will ensure that only serious new entrants will be considered for roaming access.

“These conditions go some way to meeting the concerns of Vodafone.

“Specification of co-location is designed to promote competition, and in BCL’s case, to foster the provision of broadband wireless services in New Zealand.

“Other issues in the SOP are largely technical matters, including clarifying and strengthening the wholesaling provisions.

“The Telecommunications Bill and the SOP are the final phase of two years work, and are a major step forward towards a better competitive environment in the telecommunications industry.

“In the end, consumers should be the winners.

“I expect that the Bill will be passed by Christmas. The Telecommunications Commissioner will be announced also by Christmas,” Paul Swain said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news