Telecommunications Development Levy

The Telecommunications Development Levy subsidises telecommunications capabilities in the public interest which are otherwise not expected to be available commercially, or which are unaffordable.

The Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) is collected from telecommunications service providers each year.

Under the Telecommunications Act, the Commerce Commission has responsibility for determining each company’s share of the TDL.

Key documents and links

Telecommunications Act 2001(external link) — New Zealand Legislation

Cabinet paper on improvements to the TDL liability allocation process [PDF, 88 KB] 

Telecommunications Development Levy(external link) — Commerce Commission New Zealand

Last updated: 28 May 2021