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Information about who can join the TCF and how to join

How to Join

To join the TCF a party either needs to be an eligible person (as defined by the Telecommunications Act) and join the Forum as a Full Member.

Alternatively, if ineligible, but holding an interest in the activities of the Forum, a party may join as a General Associate, as approved by the TCF Board.

The Act defines an eligible person as a person who is registered with the Commission for the purpose of voting on a draft code under clause 4 of schedule 2 and a member of the Forum (TCF) .

Under clause 4(4) of Schedule 2 to the Act, persons are entitled to register with the Commission as eligible persons if the Commission is satisfied that they:

  • provide a telecommunications service by means of some component of a PSTN or PDN that is operated by that person
  • are an access seeker/provider of a designated or specified service
  • are a person whom the Commission determines has a material interest in a draft code because that person is about to become, within the foreseeable future, a person referred to in (1) or (2).

If you are interested in being registered as an eligible person, please contact the Commerce Commission.

If you are interested in joining the TCF, either as a Full Member or as a General Associate, please contact us.

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Membership Types

Tier One members are liable persons that have telecommunications revenue greater than or equal to $250 million in the preceding financial year.

Tier Two members are liable persons who have telecommunications revenue of less than $250 million but greater than or equal to $50 million in the preceding financial year.

Tier Three members are liable persons who have telecommunications revenue of less than $50 million but greater than or equal to $10 million in the preceding financial year.

Tier Four members are liable persons who have telecommunications revenue of less than $10 million in the preceding financial year, or, any eligible person that is not a liable person.

General Associates are approved by the Board on a case by case basis.

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Membership Fees

The annual fees for the Forum are allocated on a tiered basis.

Fee details are available to prospective members upon request made to the Forum Administrator.

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Last Modified On Thursday, 27 July 2017