Government policy initiatives

Telecommunications, and broadband in particular, is a vital component of New Zealand's economic growth, productivity improvements and the Government's wider strategy to increase New Zealand's global competitiveness.

The Government has launched two major policy initiatives aimed at increasing high speed broadband coverage in New Zealand; ultrafast broadband and rural broadband.

This section also includes industry and Commission submissions on Government policy, and monitoring information for the Telecom/Chorus separation.

Ultra-Fast broadband

The Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) Initiative will bring fibre optic technology to homes, schools, hospitals, marae and businesses.

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Rural Broadband Initiative

The Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) will see faster broadband delivered to 252,000 rural households at prices and levels of service comparable with urban areas.

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Submissions on Government policy

This section includes the Commission's, and other parties, submissions and correspondence on Government policy.

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Telecom/Chorus separation

On 30 November 2011 Telecom and Chorus, the network infrastructure division, structurally separated creating two entities. The Commission monitors this separation through undertakings, information disclosure requirements, asset sharing arrangements and Chorus’s retail register.

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