Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Government’s ICT and UFB policy in tatters

5 November 2013

Government’s ICT and UFB policy in tatters

The Government’s bizarre suggestion that it may bail out or buy back part of Chorus shows how broken its UFB programme has become, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“Just two years after signing the ultra-fast broadband contract with Chorus, the Government’s signature project is in tatters. The Government knew the Commerce Commission would need to investigate and should have planned accordingly.

“The Commerce Commission’s final decision involves compromise after taking account of the Government’s and Chorus’ position. It is a sensible and well-considered position that will benefit Kiwi households.

“The Government needs to be responsible and follow due regulatory process.

“Chorus’ profits may be affected but that should have been foreseen by the Government when it set up its UFB project. It is not uncommon for companies facing pro-competitive regulation to claim significant disadvantage.

“New Zealand families should not be forced to pay $100 a year more than the regulator says is needed for broadband just because the Government negotiated a bad contract.

“Nor should National bail out its corporate mates and force the taxpayer to pick up the tab. This is a ridiculous situation and is totally of the Government’s own making.

“The underlying problem is the slow uptake of UFB. If Chorus is truly struggling to stay solvent then it is the uptake rate by customers of UFB that is the problem, not the actions of the independent regulator.

“The National Government’s unwillingness to stimulate a compelling, multi-provider online content environment has made the UFB uptake problem worse.

“The Government’s ICT policy is in tatters. A reshuffle or ministerial resignation is surely not now beyond contemplation,” David Cunliffe says.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news