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.

Various improvements to the liability allocation process for the TDL have been identified and require changes to the Telecommunications Act. These changes are being enacted through the Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

Key documents and links

Telecommunications (Property Access and Other Matters) Amendment Bill(external link)

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

Information about the TDL on the Commerce Commission’s website(external link).