Clare Curran - Loopy rules report contains loopy broadband suggestions
Posted 22nd Sep 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
The Government seems intent on putting the ultrafast broadband scheme at risk in a “loopy rules reduction” report released today by suggesting new infrastructure connections be optional, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The Rules Reduction Taskforce report cited an ‘opportunity’ to ‘Make new infrastructure connections optional and negotiable’.
TICS Amendment Bill a check on Minister’s powers
Posted 17th Sep 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
Clare Curran’s Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill will restrict the unfettered powers granted to the GCSB and its Minister.

“The TICS Act, alongside the GCSB Amendment Act, granted extraordinary surveillance powers to the GCSB and its Minister in 2013.

“My Bill creates a Technical Advisory Board to act as a crucial independent buffer against the GCSB and a Government minister exercising surveillance powers with no independent scrutiny or accountability.
Govt focuses on 2020 while rural internet stagnates in 2015
Posted 9th Sep 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
While National debates the rules for post 2020 telecommunication, it is dragging its heels on fixing the quality of internet connections right now in rural communities says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Last week the Minister quietly revealed that the second phase of the Rural Broadband scheme has been put off until after the ultrafast broadband second stage has been determined.
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