13 Aug 2013

Final report on Chorus broadband price awaited

7:37 am on 13 August 2013

The Commerce Commission will issue its final report on Wednesday on the price Chorus can charge for broadband access on its copper network, but an industry group says it's a waste of time.

The Telecommunications Users Association says the commission has to conduct the review by law, but its report was made redundant by the Government which released its own discussion document last week.

Under the Government plan, Chorus would have to cut charges for access to its copper network by up to $7.50 per connection, compared with the Commerce Commission's proposed cut of up to $12.

TUANZ chief executive Paul Brislen said the Government has sidelined the commission.

The Government stepped in after Chorus complained about the Commerce Commission's draft proposal on benchmarch wholesale prices, which was released late last year.

Chorus said the commission's proposed price cuts would cost it $160 million per year.