Telco commissioner to be named by week's end

New Zealand's first telecommunications commissioner, who will be responsible for overseeing the country's new telco regime, will be named by the end of this week.

New Zealand's first telecommunications commissioner, who will be responsible for overseeing the country's new telco regime, will be named by the end of this week.

The Telecommunications Bill has passed through its second reading in parliament with flying colours and should be introduced into law by the end of the year.

The bill, which will usher in a new era in telecommunications regulation in New Zealand, has undergone several changes this year and will include a supplementary order paper to outline those new points when it goes before parliament for its third and final reading, according to a spokeswoman for the minister of communications' office.

"It passed through its second reading much faster than we expected which is great, so we're well on target for the end of year deadline," says press secretary Kerry Lamont.

The minister of communications, Paul Swain, has just returned from a trip to India and will oversee the final reading of the bill.

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