Fibre regulation team established

The Commission has formed a new programme team responsible for implementing proposed fibre regulation under the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill.

The team is led by Vanessa Howell, who was previously the Principal Counsel in the Regulation branch. The team will be a combination of staff with telecommunications expertise, and those with experience in building blocks regulation from the energy and airport sectors.

Although the Bill has not passed, we are forming a new team now due to the size of the task and timeframes for completion. Once the Bill is passed, it will require the Commission to implement a new regulatory framework for fixed line fibre services by 2020 (with a possible two year extension).

The Bill aims to ensure New Zealand has the right regulatory framework for communication networks from 2020, to meet the needs of consumers and businesses, and to help keep the economy growing.

The Bill will require the Commission to:

  • create input methodologies, which are the upfront rules and processes that apply to the regulation of Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre, to ensure a stable and predictable regulatory framework
  • set revenue limits and information disclosure requirements for Chorus and local fibre companies
  • deregulate copper lines in areas where fibre and copper compete
  • collect and publish information on retail service quality for consumers
  • oversee industry-led forums, including developing retail consumer codes and reviewing the telecommunications disputes resolution schemes to ensure they are working effectively – If industry-led codes are inadequate, the Commission will be able to set mandatory codes.

The new team has been created alongside and in addition to the existing telecommunications team to ensure the Commission can implement the regulation required under the Bill while continuing its existing work in the telecommunications area.