Draft decision on contributions to $50 million telecommunications development levy

Oct 29, 2019

The Government uses the annual levy to pay for telecommunications infrastructure and services which are not commercially viable, including the relay service for the deaf and hearing-impaired, broadband for rural areas, and improvements to the 111 emergency service.

The levy, about one percent of telecommunications services revenue, is paid by providers earning more than $10 million per year for providing telecommunications services, including internet, mobile, and data services.

The draft determination provides that Spark, Vodafone, Chorus, and 2degrees will collectively pay more than 90% of the $50 million levy.

Growing uptake of fibre services means that the contributions to the TDL by Enable, Northpower and Ultrafast Fibre have significantly increased.

A copy of the draft determination can be found here.

The Commission invites submissions on its draft determination via email to regulation.branch@comcom.govt.nz by 5pm, 7 November 2019. The Commission expects to release its final determination in December.

For media enquiries contact
Paul Brislen.

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