Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Consent changes means faster UFB installs for New Zealanders

Consent changes means faster UFB installs for New Zealanders

InternetNZ welcomes today's announcement by the Government of improved access rules for the UltraFast Broadband fibre network as an important move in helping more New Zealanders get better Internet.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter says that the current consenting regime is holding too many people up from connecting to fibre, and usually for no better reason than simple miscommunication.

"Demand for fibre Internet connections is going through the roof, yet we've heard plenty of stories about frustrated New Zealanders who can't connect to fibre due to the inefficiencies of the current access regime," says Carter.

"We welcome the announcement from the Minister as it will mean that more New Zealanders will be able to enjoy the benefits of fibre connectivity faster."

InternetNZ submitted last year that the "deemed consent" style regime that has been announced today will likely resolve most of the current issues, so long as it is paired with a dispute resolution framework that allows resolution of particularly complicated cases.

"Today's announcement gets the balance right between property rights and improving connectivity, and we're pleased to see it finally happen," says Carter.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Forest And Bird: Misinformation Circulating On Biodiversity Policy

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>


NIWA: Scientists Say Methane Emitted By Humans ‘vastly Underestimated’

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated... More>>


SMC Expert Reaction: Record Dry Spells And Effects On Forests

With no rain forecast before Sunday, Auckland is about to break a record for the city's longest dry spell. Niwa says Auckland is likely to hit 40 consecutive days without rain this weekend . The upper North Island is seeing severe meterological ... More>>


Reserve Bank: Official Cash Rate Remains At 1.0 Percent

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 1.0 percent. Employment is at or slightly above its maximum sustainable level while consumer price inflation is close to the 2 percent mid-point of our target range. ... More>>


Science Media Centre: Novel Coronavirus Detected In China – Expert Reaction

The virus was detected after more than 40 people were hospitalised with pneumonia in Wuhan City, China and the outbreak traced to a large animal and seafood market. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that person-to-person transmission ... More>>


NZ First: Launch Of Parliament Petition To Remove Aluminium Dross

This afternoon to a crowd of over 100 people in Mataura -- Mark Patterson, New Zealand First List MP based in Clutha-Southland launched a parliamentary petition regarding the aluminium dross issue in Mataura, Southland. The petition asks that the House ... More>>