ComCom cans investigation into copper access pricing

Decision on whether to reduce the price telcos pay to access Chorus's copper network to be made in November

The Commerce Commission will not to launch a Schedule 3 investigation into the pricing principles around what telcos pay to access the copper network owned by Chorus.

The new telecommunications commissioner Stephen Gale has published a paper today which concludes that an investigation into the wholesale price of the unbundled copper local loop (UCLL) is not necessary. The investigation – which had been suggested under the previous commissioner’s watch - was to examine the price telcos pay for copper services from both the cabinet and the exchanges.

However, the decision on reducing the UCLL, the geographically average wholesale price, from $24.46 to $19.75, has yet to be made.

“It is important to note that we have made no final decision about the re-benchmarking of the UCLL price and will be considering all the submissions we have received and the discussion at the conference in September – this is just another step in the process,” says Gale.

The final decision on changes to the price of copper network access will be made in November.

The discussion paper can be read here.

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