Communications Minister Amy Adams has launched a discussion paper to look at ways to future-proof New Zealand’s communications regulation.
The discussion paper Regulating communications for the future continues the Government’s review of the Telecommunications Act 2001 and seeks views on a range of options for communications regulation post 2020.
“Digital convergence, new technology and innovation are transforming the way we live, work and do business and communication networks have come a long way since the Telecommunications Act was passed in 2001,” Adams says.
“This review is a critical step in ensuring we have a regulatory regime which supports growth, investment and innovation in these sectors into the future.
“Private sector investment in high quality communications infrastructure such as broadband and mobile networks is important to deliver better connectivity to Kiwis.
“The more certainty communications sector investors have about the regulatory environment, the better placed they are to deliver more technology choices for consumers.”
By 2022, Adams claims that “at least 80 percent” of New Zealanders will have access to fibre and 90 percent will have 4G mobile coverage.
“For this reason it’s vital we have the right regulatory settings to support the future of communications in New Zealand beyond 2020,” Adams adds.
According to the Government, the telecommunications review is one of the work streams the Government has underway as part of the convergence work programme.
“Like other countries around the world, New Zealand is grappling with issues of rapid transformation of its communications sectors,” Adams adds.
“It’s important to ensure our regulatory system is well positioned to support this period of rapid change.
“I encourage industry, consumers and stakeholders to have their say in this discussion so we can develop a regime that can keep up with the pace of change in communications and meets the needs of both consumers and businesses for the long term.”