Telstraclear Shows Its True Colours
TelstraClear’s obsession with regulation and litigation is getting out of hand, Telecom said today.
“They’re clogging up the new regulatory regime with pointless actions that we were happy to resolve through
negotiation,” Telecom General Manager Government and Industry Relations Bruce Parkes said today.
“It must be obvious now to the public of New Zealand why Telecom has had such trouble over agreeing anything with
TelstraClear – they are never happy.
“Twice this week they have run off to the regulator – first to apply to resell residential phone lines, and now to
question the regulator’s own decision on interconnection.
“The Telecommunications Commissioner’s decision on interconnection was so low it was outside even his own initial
“But TelstraClear aren’t even happy with that so they want a price review. It’s clear they’ll never be happy with what
they’ve got but will endlessly run to the regulator for more.
“This latest application will cost millions of dollars in fees to lawyers and consultants to sort out. We are probably
now spending three times what we ever did in regulatory costs.
“Those costs will be passed on to customers. The customers would be better off if TelstraClear would sit down and
negotiate some decent, sensible decisions.
“Telecom is still ready to do that,” Mr Parkes said.