Telecom coughs up

Telecom is coughing up rather than suffer sanctions:

Telecom is to pay five rival telcos $31.6 million to settle a Commerce Commission investigation into alleged overcharging for broadband services rather than face the courts.

While New Zealand’s largest telecommunications company does not admit liability, the commission said in a statement the compensation paid to Vodafone, Orcon, CallPlus, Compass and Airnet “returned its commercial gain” from failing to provide the same priced access to a new broadband service as it gave itself.

The investigation stemmed from complaints in April last year, eight months after Telecom launched a new “sub-loop extension service” (SLES) which allowed rivals to offer voice services from their own equipment, housed in Telecom exchanges, and offer fast broadband from Telecom’s network of newly installed roadside cabinets – part of its own roll-out of fibre-optic cable.

Telecom is obliged under formal Operational Separation Undertakings to offer competitors access to services on an equal footing in order to ensure retail competition.

I wonder if this will be passed on to customers? Fat chance of that I guess.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.