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Government Must Respect Independence of Commerce Commission

28 November 2013

Government Must Respect Independence of Commerce Commission

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has called on the Government to respect the Commerce Commission’s final pricing recommendation to lower copper broadband prices.

“The Commerce Commission is an independent regulator that has been given the important task of setting prices fairly in a monopoly market.

“It is outrageous that the Government should even consider overriding this apolitical process” Mr Dunne said.

Mr Dunne said UnitedFuture supported the Commerce Commission’s final copper price determination.

“ICT Minister Amy Adams should do likewise,” he said.

Mr Dunne said UnitedFuture will oppose any legislation that seeks to overrule the Commerce Commission’s final pricing recommendation or that tries to delay its implementation from 1 December 2014.

“It is Commerce Commission’s job to set prices independently to benefit all Kiwis.

“It’s astonishing that the Government would step in to usurp the Commission’s statutory role and the United Future Party will not support that,” he said.

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