4 Jul 2012

New telecom commissioner appointed

1:57 pm on 4 July 2012

The country has a new regulator to oversee the telecommunications sector with the appointment of Stephen Gale as Telecommunications Commissioner.

He previously worked for the Ministry of Energy and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.

Dr Gale has been an associate member of the Commerce Commission for the past two years, and has sat on the telecommunications division of the Commission since February.

Telecommunications Minister Amy Adams says Dr Gale impressed with his views on encouraging competition and ensuring there are incentives for investment.

Telecommunications Users Association (TUANZ) chief executive Paul Brislen says Dr Gale's biggest challenge will be ensuring the successful uptake of ultra-fast broadband.

Mr Brislen says Dr Gale will also have to ensure rural New Zealand doesn't get left behind in the rush to roll out fibre to homes.

Dr Gale replaces Ross Patterson and his five-year appointment begins on 12 July.