The issues the Government is looking at touch many areas, ranging from content standards to taxation to the development of creative industries. Ensuring our regulatory system remains healthy and responsive to convergence will require a thorough understanding of the overall system, and collaboration across government and industry. A cross-government work programme is underway, delivered by various departments.
Some of these work programmes form part of the Business Growth Agenda, alongside wider government initiatives.
Investment in fast connectivity networks
The Government has consistently prioritised the upgrade of New Zealand’s communications network infrastructure through its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) programmes. More information about New Zealand’s internet upgrade, led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, can be found at the Ministry’s Fast Broadband page.
The Government is in the process of refreshing its existing Cyber Security Strategy. The Strategy refresh is a multi-agency project, led by the National Cyber Policy Office within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. More information about cyber security, and the current Cyber Security Strategy can be found at the Connect Smart website.
Convergence and content consultation
The Government has initiated consultation on the impact of convergence on content regulation, including a discussion paper, “Content Regulation in a Converged World”. The review of content regulation is being led by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in conjunction with the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.
A review of the spectrum management regime, led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, commenced in July 2014 and is currently ongoing; more information is available at the Review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 page on the Radio Spectrum Management website. Spectrum allocation issues in the management rights regime that have convergence implications will be addressed as part of the ongoing review of the regulatory framework for telecommunications, discussed below.
Review of the framework for telecommunications
The Government is reviewing the regulatory framework for telecommunications to make sure it supports competition, investment and innovation after 2020. This review is being led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. More information about the review is available at the Ministry’s Review of the Telecommunications Act 2001 page.
GST: Cross-border services, intangibles and goods
The Inland Revenue Department is examining the possible application of GST to cross-border supplies of services and intangibles. The consultation period closed on 25 September 2015. More information and the discussion document is available at the Department’s GST: Cross-border services, intangibles and goods page.
Study of the creative sector use of the copyright and designs regimes
The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, in consultation with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, is leading a study focused on how copyright and designs are being used in the creative sector. The study was announced on 7 October 2015. More information, including the Terms of Reference, is available on MBIE’s website.
Data Futures Partnership
The Data Futures Partnership is an independent cross-sector group working to strengthen the environment for high-value and high-trust data use by the public and private sectors. The members of the Partnership Working Group were announced by the Ministers of Finance and Statistics in October 2015. More information about this work can be found at the Partnership’s website.