Govt playing dirty pool in spectrum sale
"Labour 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 economy project.
"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 sale.
"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