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Telecom's Charges Rethink Window Dressing

Telecom's Rethink on Connection Charges Largely Window Dressing

'Telecom's decision to revise their telephone connection charges is largely window dressing' says Tom Lambie, President of Federated Farmers.

'Telecom's adjustments to its three tier pricing structure introduced only weeks ago benefits some rural people. The top standard fee of $500 for a new connection is a significant reduction on Telecom's earlier proposals. However, those in isolated areas and/or where significant capital upgrades are required will still be required to pay around one third of the total cost of obtaining a connection.'

Mr Lambie said that while this largely formalises what is already taking place in many rural areas, there is still no guarantee that people will be able to receive a phone connection.

'Basic telephone services are essential in today's business environment, quite apart from issues of health and safety for those living in rural areas'.

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