INDEPENDENT NEWS

NZ First Welcomes Telecom Competition

Published: Thu 4 May 2006 12:45 AM
Media Release
04 May 2006
NZ First Welcomes Telecom Competition
New Zealand First has welcomed the opening of Telecom's lines to competitors.
"The unbundling of the local loop has taken too long, but is a large and enabling step for New Zealand business, consumers and innovation," said New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.
"In May 1998, New Zealand First instituted a review of the adequacy of competition in the telecommunications industry The Shipley government castled it then, and New Zealand has steadily slipped behind in the uptake of key technologies as a result.
"There is now broad agreement on the benefits of unbundling access to the local loop in order to create competition in local access. It is the key policy instrument needed to ensure competitive access to the individual consumer, the home worker and to business.
"Detailed and practical arrangements will need to be made to ensure non-discriminatory provision of access to the loop. The terms for access to the unbundled elements of the local loop must be cost-oriented, transparent and non-discriminatory.
"The Government must also ensure that this does not only deliver benefits to big city New Zealand, but that those same services reach all the way down to the country roads.
"The old saying 'it's better last than never' rings true here. It would appear that New Zealand's telecommunications industry is finally ready to step into the 21st century," Mr Peters said.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Todd Muller announces shape of next Government
By: New Zealand National Party
Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed
By: Business New Zealand
On National’s Day Of Reckoning
By: Gordon Campbell
Jobs budget to get economy moving again
By: New Zealand Government
Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes
By: New Zealand Government
Parliament Quits MP Cut Pay Debate To Go Home Early
By: ACT New Zealand
PMs Jacinda Ardern & Scott Morrison Announce Plans For Trans-Tasman COVID-safe Travel Zone
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Unveils Its Candidate List For The 2020 Election
By: Green Party
NZ COVID Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing
By: Ministry of Health
On The Dodgy Politics Of Easing Level Three
By: Gordon Campbell
No Show By Treasury Shows Govt In Full Dismissal Mode
By: New Zealand National Party
Concern At Introduction Of National Security Legislation For Hong Kong
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller Elected Leader Of The New Zealand National Party
By: New Zealand National Party
SPEECH: Todd Muller’s Maiden Speech As National Party Leader
By: New Zealand National Party
National’s Tack To The Centre Complementary To ACT
By: ACT New Zealand
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media