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

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 
 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news