Is it time to pick a date to switch-off copper network?

Posted 18th Dec 2014
Filed under: Communications & IT

“In 2015 the broadband community should start the critical discussion on how and when New Zealand can migrate from the copper broadband network to fibre because the current government won’t,” says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“If they don’t, then New Zealand will be bogged down in ongoing debates about the price of copper broadband thwarting economic development opportunities from fibre.

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Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity

Posted 16th Dec 2014
Filed under: Open Government

John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector includes all Ministerial offices.

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John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases

Posted 10th Dec 2014
Filed under: Communications & IT

Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now face monthly price rises for their phone and internet connections after Spark, Vodafone and Callplus all announced prices hikes today.

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Families being penalised over housing affordability

Posted 4th Dec 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South

“Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English’s confirmation that HNZ will declare surplus housing stock in Dunedin and other regional centres is penalising the increasing number of families struggling on low incomes to afford private market-based rents,” says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

This follows the recent Government announcement to sell off up to one-third of the country’s state houses.

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Consumers lose out in copper broadband prices

Posted 2nd Dec 2014
Filed under: Communications & IT

Consumers will bear the brunt of today’s Commerce Commission decision which looks set to hike up the monthly cost of broadband over the copper network, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“While Labour supports the Commerce Commission’s role as the independent umpire we note with concern that their decision to raise the wholesale copper price from their interim price creates ongoing uncertainty for telcos and looks set to make things harder for Kiwi consumers in the lead-up to Christmas.

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