The Commerce Commission has lost its case against Telecom's 1999 introduction of the 0867 code. At the time, Telecom customers were calling Clear's internet lines and Telecom was paying Clear a health termination charge. Clear quite liked this arrangement.
Telecom essentially changed it by pretending that the new 0867 number, although it terminated locally, was no longer a local call, and therefore it could charge customers for use of the number. Tux Love took Telecom to the disputes tribunal over this, and Telecom rolled over, twice.
There are two sides to this story: what Telecom did was surely dodgy, but then they cannot have been happy to pay Clear per-minute termination fees for interminable flat rate calls. Taken too far, this could have cost Telecom a lot of money.
It is all ancient history now of course. Which brings up another point. Why did it take eight years to resolve this case. Telecom and Clear made up quite quickly (as I recall). Surely there should an investigation into why the court is hearing this case so late. Are we short of judges? Was the court hoping it would go away? Or did one party continually push for delays to try to extract some sort of advantage?
Whatever the reason, we need to get cases heard faster. What company is going to invest in NZ telecoms with this sort of result on the record?