Chorus deal doesn’t go far enough
Communications and IT Spokesperson
1 November 2012
Chorus deal doesn’t go far
The Government’s new deal for
ultra-fast broadband connections is of little use as it will
expire before most New Zealanders get a chance to be
connected, says Labour’s Communications and IT
spokesperson Clare Curran.
“I want to see a deal that
helps New Zealanders access ultra-fast broadband but
today’s doesn’t go far enough. This package expires in
2015 and most New Zealanders won’t have access to
ultra-fast broadband by then.
“There’s also no detail
on how many households will benefit from $20 million over
“Chorus acknowledged yesterday at its
shareholders’ meeting that 80 per cent of current revenue
is from copper and will remain the majority of its revenue
for the next eight years. Copper pricing is the greatest
issue for Chorus and New Zealand needs to know more about
what lies behind this deal.
ultra-fast broadband programme is going ultra-slow. Just 700
people have connected as residential customers. This is not
the brighter, faster future
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