Telecommunications commissioner Douglas Webb's probe into local loop unbundling came a step closer yesterday, with the release of an issues paper on the subject.
Webb says the paper is the begining of the review process and while putting it out it is not required under the Telecommunications Act, he did so because "the commission wants to consult widely with industry and user groups."
The paper can be viewed on the commission's website.
Webb is inviting submissions, which will be accepted up until May 14, after which a draft report on the submissions will be released and a public conference held to discuss issues relating to unbudling.
Many, including TelstraClear, believe New Zealand should unbundle the local loop, opening it up to competition, as has been done in other countries including the US and parts of Europe.