Govt interference in internet market leaves NZers worse off
12 September 2012
Government interference in internet market leaves New Zealanders worse off
The Green Party supports the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing campaign launched today and is calling on Communications Minister Amy Adams to go back to the drawing board over setting copper broadband price.
“It is unacceptable for the Government to override the Commerce Commission, interfering in the copper broadband market by setting a price that benefits Chorus and no one else,” said Green Party ICT spokesperson Gareth Hughes.
“A recent estimate by Covec puts the potential gain for Chorus over six years at $600m. That comes as a cost to New Zealand internet consumers.
“It isn’t fair or good public policy to have New Zealanders inflating Chorus’ profit at their own personal expense.
“Amy Adams can reject the three options outlined that all seek to have the Government set the copper price and return it to the Commerce Commission, which is the appropriate body to set the price.”