This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on the 28th day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, declares a deed entered into by the Crown and Sprint International New Zealand on 9 July 2004 (entitled the Telecommunications Service Obligations (TSO) Deed for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)) to be a TSO instrument under section 70 of the Telecommunications Act 2001.
Under the TSO instrument, telecommunications relay services are to be made available so that people who are deaf, hearing impaired, or speech impaired can communicate with other telephone users. Telecommunications service providers must comply with the terms of the TSO instrument.
In accordance with the Telecommunications Act 2001, the declaration of the TSO instrument is made on the recommendation of the Minister of Communications after certain specified conditions have been met.
The new TSO instrument can be viewed on the Commerce Commission website: http://www.comcom.govt.nz and on the Ministry of Economic Development website: http://www.med.govt.nz.