Coalition Against Broadband Pricing Rules Launched
Coalition Against Broadband Pricing Rules Launched- 12 September 2013
By Hamish Cardwell
A coalition of consumer advocates, telecomunciations companies and bloggers have called on the government to halt what they call a $600m tax on broadband customers.
Consumer NZ chief executive and spokesperson for the Coalition For Fair Internet Pricing Sue Chetwin said the group was formed to oppose a proposal by Communications and IT Minister Amy Adams to which would lead to a transfer of $600m from firms and households to internet infrastructure provider Chorus.
She said the money was a subsidy for a profitable monopoly company and it would not lead to better services for the consumer.
People from the telecommunications industry and business had been under pressure not to join the group, she said.
Ms Chetwin said the group had released a study by Covec which had calculated that the $600m was a “conservative estimate.”
Read their press release here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00131/broad-coalition-says-no-to-600-million-internet-tax.htm
Read their opening remarks here: Speech by Sue Chetwin
Read Covec report here: Telecommunications Act Review: Economic Issues
Additional Information: Media Q&A