Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
New Zealand broadband industry agrees Broadband Product Disclosure Code
Posted on 12-Dec-2013 09:20. | Tags Filed under: News.



The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) has developed a code of practice for the disclosure of information about broadband plans to consumers.

The Broadband Product Disclosure Code requires TCF members to provide information about fixed line residential broadband plans in a comparable and consistent format enabling consumers to easily compare broadband offers in the market.

The new offer summaries – which will be made available with retail broadband services from 1 March 2014 – will include information on the total cost of the broadband service, the contract term, data caps and any traffic management policies.

The development of the Code responds to the need identified by Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams for consumers to have a clear foundation on which to consider and compare broadband offerings, especially as the rollout of the ultra-fast broadband network continues across the New Zealand.

TCF CEO, David Stone, welcomes the Code. “Our goal is to empower consumers by providing a simple, standard format for information about broadband plans to help them choose the right plan for them.”

“Telecommunications has developed significantly since the first broadband internet (ADSL) was introduced in the 1990s. Consumers now have a wide range of broadband access types and packages to choose from. The Offer Summary has been designed to assist consumers with comparing the many options available from broadband retail service providers.”

A testing methodology is also being developed which will allow consumers to understand the likely performance they can expect from the different broadband services they are comparing.

The release of the Code follows public consultation on a draft version earlier this year and considerable work by industry participants and other stakeholder groups.

This Code applies to fixed broadband services only. Residential mobile and wireless broadband services are likely to be included in a future iteration.



comments powered by Disqus




Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

The President Of The USA: Donald Trump
Created by TimA, last reply by tdgeek on 18-Jan-2017 07:57 (1724 replies)
Pages... 113 114 115


New Unlimited Fixed Broadband
Created by LivingSkinny, last reply by dickytim on 18-Jan-2017 06:24 (48 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Sony TV switching TV from sky to freeview
Created by chunkybeats, last reply by dolsen on 17-Jan-2017 15:06 (16 replies)
Pages... 2


How do people feel about lawyers?
Created by Rikkitic, last reply by MikeAqua on 17-Jan-2017 09:35 (48 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


New fibre install and SunGenie power supply
Created by littleheaven, last reply by littleheaven on 16-Jan-2017 22:41 (14 replies)

Mountain Bike Recommendation
Created by networkn, last reply by joker97 on 15-Jan-2017 22:14 (14 replies)

BP Ultimate Petrol (98) prices
Created by Satch, last reply by NzBeagle on 18-Jan-2017 07:28 (25 replies)
Pages... 2


Making a complaint to a retailer and processes.
Created by mattwnz, last reply by Aredwood on 18-Jan-2017 02:51 (22 replies)
Pages... 2