Govt playing dirty pool in spectrum sale
"The reckless way in which
the Government is proceeding with the radio spectrum auction
is typical of a party too long in power," Labour state owned
enterprises spokesperson Paul Swain said today.
believes the 2GHz band should be sold because it is
essential to the development of third generation mobile
radio services and is therefore vital to Labour's knowledge
"But we are concerned that a big player
might take the opportunity to buy up all the spectrum and
warehouse it to lock out competition. We asked for
assurances in writing from the Government that procedures
would be put in place to prevent this but these have not
been forthcoming," Mr Swain said.
"Labour also has strong
concerns about the decision-making process around the
"It is inappropriate that the Government should
start the auction within two weeks of a general election.
And we are far from satisfied that the Treaty of Waitangi
issues have been resolved.
"We will be monitoring
developments closely because there is a very real chance
that it will turn into a shambles which we will have to sort
out as incoming Government," Mr Swain
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