Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill

After a comprehensive review of the Telecommunications Act, the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill passed its second reading in Parliament in September 2018 with a Supplementary Order Paper to be presented to the Committee of the Whole House for debate.

Information about the Bill

The Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill establishes a new regulatory framework that will:

  • introduce stable and predictable regulation for Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) fibre
  • remove regulation of copper lines where fibre is available
  • streamline regulatory processes to enable a rapid response to any competition problems, particularly in the mobile communications market
  • include measures that will improve the quality of service for consumers by increasing regulatory oversight

The new regulatory framework has been designed following a mandated review of the current framework for regulating telecommunications services in New Zealand under section 157AA of the Telecommunications Act 2001.

This Review was conducted between 2013 and June 2017, with consultation taking place through discussion documents, options papers and final policy design papers.

Current status

A Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) is to be presented in Parliament to address questions about the Bill raised by the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee.

The SOP provides final amendments to the Bill.

Introduction of the Bill stage


The Government has been reviewing the Telecommunications Act to ensure New Zealand has the right regulatory framework for communications networks to meet the future needs of consumers and businesses, and to help keep our economy growing.

View previous announcements, discussion documents, and submissions.