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Vote Communications

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister for Communications and Information Technology (M88)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Ministry of Economic Development

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Minister for Economic Development

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for Communications and Information Technology is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of just under $14.200 million for the management of New Zealand's radio spectrum, policy advice on New Zealand's communications sector, services to support the Minister and monitoring the performance and compliance of Crown entities
  • a total of $6.970 million for international membership fees and Commerce Commission costs to enforce regulated telecommunications services and undertake specific telecommunications regulatory functions
  • a total of just over $1.200 million for subsidised equipment for hearing and speech impaired people and support and administration costs related to enabling access to the telecommunications relay service
  • a total of just over $7.900 million for fibre connections between schools and Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband providers' cable in the roadway or network operators' digital microwave radio towers
  • a total of $96.400 million for the purchase of Deaf Relay Services and Rural Broadband investments recoverable by the Telecommunications Development Levy, and
  • a total of $100 million for capital investment in the development of Ultra-Fast Broadband infrastructure.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Communications in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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