Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


NZ's Incumbent Politicians Hell-bent on Encumbrance


NZ's Incumbent Politicians Hell-bent on Encumbrance

The Commerce Commission has ruled that wholesale broadband prices should be cheaper. Such a move would go some way in bringing our pricing closer in line with other OECD countries. Our Government has acted against the Commission's ruling and has gone against the 2011 Amendments to the Telecommunications Act which it passed into law.

John Key has stated that overriding the Commission is needed to protect Chorus's profit margins and its ability to deliver broadband and the UltraFast Broadband rollout. It would seem Chorus's profit margins have been hamstringing the development of NZ's internet to a larger extent than already thought.

Insiders from Chorus subsidiary contractors have informed the Pirate Party that there has been massive issues with the UltraFast Broadband rollout with Chorus underpaying regional contracted businesses allowing them not enough time to complete jobs and payments being based on minimal possible time to complete jobs. Technicians are having issues and some regional contractors are finding the UFB contract is not the golden goose it once seemed.

The problems with Chorus, the UFB rollout and the Government's handling of the project from tender to today seem to be systemic and nothing looks set to change in the near future as the UFB rollout continues to drag on. From something the National Party campaigned on 5 years ago, to something which many kiwis still have no access to today, it is such shame that a core infrastructure project like this could have been handled so badly. A lot of NZ'ers are not aware of the benefits of UFB and the Government has done little to educate them on the importance of the uptake of the service.

Pirate Party President Daniel Bertinshaw said today "As internet users in NZ we have been paying too much for too little for far too long and the ruling by the Commission recognised that. To put the profits of a private company before the citizens and other businesses of NZ seems short sighted and will have far reaching adverse effects on the way we use the internet and peoples capacity to do so."

It is not without sadness that the Pirate Party of New Zealand looks at the currently elected MP's of this fair country and wonders how the people could not be served better by someone that knew what they were doing and had the peoples best interests at heart. To the Internet! Supporters of this message spread the word, it's time for someone who knows what they're doing!

The Pirate Party of New Zealand

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news