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Cunliffe: "Johnny Come Lately" Illiterate On Broadband

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David Cunliffe
David Cunliffe

5 November 2008 - Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe says John Key must be illiterate on broadband if he thinks his plans will deliver broadband to Kiwi homes and businesses faster than Labour.

"Key's plans to deliver broadband through fibre to every door show he is out of touch with new technologies and doesn't understand the complexity, time and expense of his plan.

"National have already said they want a year from an election to "develop detailed policy". They don't understand that technologies change and move so quickly that in a year's time it is possible there will be faster, better ways of delivering ultra-fast broadband.

"The speed in which any legislation resulting from this would add another year to rollout. Under National it's potentially two years of nothing. Labour is committed to rolling out fast broadband now.

"Our Broadband Investment Fund promotes the best fit between the best available technology and the needs of users in the region concerned. This model provides better value for taxpayers, encourages more service providers into the market and drives competition."

Unlike National, Labour's plan does not require new legislation, will not risk a new dominance over fibre, and importantly, does not adopt a prescriptive solution in a dynamic industry.

"Our initiative provides a 'base' component throughout urban centres and suburbs that all operators will have access to, and offers fibre, wireless and DSL connections to end-users at a significantly reduced cost.

"A critical aspect of the Broadband Investment Fund is that it offers grants to private sector investors rather than taking an equity stake in any organisation. As the government does not require any return, we are in a strong position to determine which providers and projects to support.

"Labour has committed to promoting solutions that take into account local characteristics and support competition across a range of technologies."

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