Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Cunliffe: Chorus vs Commerce Commission | "Roast Busters"

David Cunliffe: Chorus vs Commerce Commission | “Roast Busters”

David Cunliffe's weekly pre-caucus press conference – 4 November 2013

Scoop Audio+Video+Photos

By Hamish Cardwell


Click for big version.

David Cunliffe called the government's broadband policy an “extraordinary failure” and questioned the actions of the police towards the so called “Roast Busters” group.

*******

*******

At his weekly pre-caucus press standup Mr Cunliffe said the government wanted to “re-nationalise ...[Chorus] because of the extraordinary failure of its broadband policy”.

Ultra-fast broadband network provider Chorus has warned that the price set by the Commerce Commission for broadband could potential trigger a loan default.

The government should enact the Commerce Commissions recommendations, and look at why New Zealander's uptake of ultra fast broadband had been “desultory slow”, Mr Cunliffe said.

Not enough content online and slow hook-up times had not given people enough incentive to join up, he said.

He did not think that Chorus would go under although there needed to be more discussions them about this.

If Labour was in government they would follow the Commerce Commission's ruling as well as have an online content strategy to incentivise people signing up to UFB.

“What we have here is a statement from the regulator that New Zealand households should not pay $100 a year each extra just to bail out a bad contract from the government.”

Mr Cunliffe said UFB uptake was at 2%, which was the underlying reason why Chorus' profitability was lower than forecast.

On other matters Mr Cunliffe said Labour would support the Harmful Digital Communication Bill which was being being introduced in Parliament today in the wake of the “Roast Busters” group who filmed group sex with intoxicated minors. However, the bill did not get to the core issue which was the reluctance of victims to go to the police.

He said he had concerns about why the issues were not bought up earlier, why the local community was not advised and wanted to know what steps were taken to protect innocent young people who were at risk of predation.

“I want to know what they [the police] were doing.”

*******

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

*******


Click for big version.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

New HiveMind Project: What Should We Do About Sugar?

While most people agree that increased sugar consumption is a major cause of too many New Zealanders being overweight and obese, what we should do about this remains a matter of debate and argument. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Vladimir Putin’s Wonderful, Fabulous, Very Good Year

Safe to say that no-one, but no-one has had a better 2016 than Vladimir Putin. What an annus mirabilis it has been for him. Somehow, Russia got away with directly interfering in the US election process, such that a friendly oligarch is about to take up residence in the White House, rather than a genuine rival. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On The Media Normalisation Of Trump

We all supposedly agree that the media is going to hell in a tabloid handbasket, but the trends to the contrary can be a bit harder to spot. In his 1970s book The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe had mocked the way the media instinctively acts as what he called The Victorian Gentleman. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: The Reality Of Fake News

Fake news as reality; the inability to navigate the waters in which it swims; a weakness in succumbing to material best treated with a huge pinch of salt. That, we are told, is the new condition of the global information environment. More>>

Alastair Thompson: Helen Kelly And The Compassionless People
I wasn't a close friend of Helen Kelly's. But her passing has moved me to tears more than once in the past two weeks. I feel honoured to be one of the many who worked with her and was helped by her. More>>

Postnatal Depression: 'The Thief That Steals Motherhood' - Alison McCulloch

Post-natal depression is a sly and cruel illness, described by one expert as ‘the thief that steals motherhood’, it creeps up on its victims, hiding behind the stress and exhaustion of being a new parent, catching many women unaware and unprepared. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On News From The US Election Eve

Here’s a somewhat scary headline from October 30 on Nate Silver’s 538 site, which summed up the statistical factors in play at that point: “The Cubs Have A Smaller Chance Of Winning Than Trump Does” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news