Cook Islands draft telecoms policy issued for comments

20 May 2019

The draft Cook Islands Telecommunications Market Competition Policy 2019 has been submitted for public comments with a closing date of 14 June 2019, reports Cook Islands News. The policy is aimed at opening up the telecoms market to competition and regulating service providers efficiently and effectively, including a Universal Service Access commitment as a key element in ensuring quality and affordability of telephony and internet services, according to Finance Minister Mark Brown (the minister responsible for telecoms).

The government proposes to implement a new regulatory framework through the Competition & Regulatory Authority Bill 2019 and the Telecommunications Bill 2019, establishing the functions and powers of a telecoms regulatory body (under proposals endorsed in principle by Cabinet in August 2018) which will also cover two additional sectors. The Pacific island nation has had a single operator (Bluesky Cook Islands, part-owned by the government) under a legislated monopoly since 1989, with limited independent oversight, and Mr Brown highlighted that the ICT landscape has changed considerably since the Telecommunications Act 1989 came into force.

Cook Islands , Bluesky Cook Islands

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