As our submission explains, we are concerned about the impact of diminished competition in both the telecommunications and content markets if this merger was to proceed. We are also concerned that if this goes ahead, New Zealand may face significant network neutrality issues - and that these issues are beyond our current legislative and regulatory tool set to deal with.
As it stands, we recommend to the Commission that they do not allow this merger to proceed. We however remain open to being convinced that these matters can be appropriately managed, and welcome further information and change from Vodafone and Sky about how they would do so.
Monday, August 15, 2016