Chorus stitch-up a backdoor bailout
Posted 11th Mar 2014
The Government has today strengthened Chorus’ monopoly in the fibre rollout and effectively handed it a backdoor bailout with taxpayer’s money, Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“Yet another dodgy deal has been stitched up today. Chorus is under financial pressure after the Commerce Commission’s ruling on the price of copper broadband. Crown Fibre Holdings was told to flesh out a deal with Chorus. The result has been a backdoor bailout.More...
Govt must rule out Chorus throttling internet speeds
Posted 24th Feb 2014
Crown Fibre Holdings must not let Chorus degrade its copper broadband service to cover the cost of its ultra-fast broadband roll out, Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“The Chorus half yearly announcement today said the company will, ‘move its business model towards full cost recovery and utility-style operation’. That means it’s either going to charge retailers more or run down its copper broadband service so people have to switch to ultra-fast broadband.More...
Growing public health crisis in Dunedin
Posted 24th Feb 2014
A Public Health Meeting hosted by Dunedin MPs, Clare Curran and David Clark will be held this Friday at the Hunter Centre, located corner Great King Street & Fredrick Street to discuss the serious state of health issues in the region.
Labour Spokesperson for Health, the Hon. Annette King will lead the panel discussion and open questions from the floor.
“We have a pressure-cooker situation building in Otago and Southland health services, with work pressure from funding cuts and a growing climate of fear in the sector,” Clare Curran said.
Note to Editors: This is a venue change from the previously advertised Barnett Lecture Theatre.
Date: Friday 28 February
Time: 12 noonMore...
Peter Dunne dials H for hypocrisy
Posted 19th Feb 2014
Peter Dunne has made yet another astonishing flip-flop – this time on his support for an inquiry into data breaches, says Labour’s Associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“Last year Peter Dunne promised to support my private member’s bill, the Electronic Data Safety Bill that would establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into the spate of disastrous data breaches across government.
“But now he is back in his cosy ministerial office, propping up John Key’s Government, all his privacy worries have magically melted away. He’s flip-flopped his way back into that comfy minister’s chair.More...
Copper price bottom line is cheaper broadband
Posted 17th Feb 2014
The Commerce Commission should reject Chorus’ offer of its own pricing analysis to speed up the final decision on copper prices, Labour’s Associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“This is an issue of trust and Kiwis are already wary of Chorus. The company does not have a great track record for efficiency or competence when it comes to rolling out the ultrafast broadband network.
“Any recommendations Chorus makes which involve ‘trust us to come up with the right answers’ should be regarded with healthy scepticism. The company wants the best price possible.More...