Governemnt decision at 5.15 pm

David Cunliffe is holding a press conference at 5.15 pm to announce at least some of the Government’s decisions with regard to changes in the Telecommunications environment.

Details as I get them.

PR online here.

* local loop unbundling

* Enhanced information disclosure, accounting separation of Telecom’s business operations and an enhanced Commerce Commission monitoring role

* Removing 128 kb/s upload constraint on the existing regulated Unbundled Bitstream Service

* Encouraging investment in alternative infrastructure such as fibre, wireless and satellite networks by measures including a review of public sector investment in telecommunications infrastructure to encourage a whole-of-government approach

* developing a rural package and expansion of the Digital Strategy Broadband Challenge fund.

* continuing to look at whether additional measures are warranted such as the structural separation of Telecom’s retail and lines operations

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