Cut-price contractor Visionstream is trying to bring in offshore workers for the UFB fibre roll-out while at the same time workers doing the same job are being cut at Downer, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“Visionstream’s contract for the UFB roll-out is being expanded into Wellington. Instead of looking for local workers they are applying for the right to bring in workers from offshore so they can pay them low rates.
TVNZ has finally listened to sense and shelved plans to axe two fulltime frontline news positions from their Dunedin office, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.
“The planned cuts to a news operation that covered 65,000 square kilometres of the South Island was short sighted. It is unfathomable that they would chop news gathering in an area bigger then Switzerland.
The latest MYOB Business Monitor which shows just 40 per cent of businesses are happy with their internet service only touches the surface of regional dissatisfaction, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“According to MYOB satisfaction with internet service has fallen from 49 per cent to 40 per cent. That’s a big drop. Business technology is improving at a far quicker pace than National’s broadband roll-out, especially in the regions. This has caused dissatisfaction in regional businesses according to council surveys.
A 55km Cable to Nowhere has been laid between Wairoa and Tuai to apparently serve just one company, while in many other regions there is limited rural internet access, says Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“Genesis Energy has been the sole recipient of an incredibly long length of fibre. It is especially concerning when the local school at Tuai has been unable to qualify for funding to get the software to make use of the new bandwidth even if it had the money to get connected.
Amy Adams must start an independent technical audit of the delivery outcomes on the Government’s $300m rural broadband scheme after the Minister sacked the ministry responsible for its management, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“Amy Adams is desperately trying to contain the growing fallout from her government’s mismanagement of rural broadband. She has sacked MBIE from the job and handed control of the next tranche of government funding to Crown Fibre Holdings.
The Chief Ombudsman’s description of the Prime Minister’s attitude to releasing public information as "cavalier" and "a disregard for the law" reinforces growing concerns that democratic principles are being consistently undermined, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.
Labour has today written to Dame Beverley Wakem requesting John Key be interviewed as part of her wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector.
Radio New Zealand’s punishing six-year funding freeze would be put to an end by Labour’s bill that matches funding to inflation and population growth and assists the broadcaster’s transition to a multimedia public service network, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.
“The Radio NZ (Catch-Up Funding) Amendment Bill, which has been placed in the private member’s bill ballot today, provides for an 11 per cent increase based on total inflation and an overall population increase of 6.7 per cent from June 2009 to June 2015.
New Zealand’s tech sector faces an uncertain future if a hard-fought for exclusion for software patents is missing from the final text of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“Labour and the tech sector fought long and hard to convince the government to accept that software should not be subject to patents as it stifles innovation and creativity in a fast-moving sector which spans many industries.
Regional ratepayers will have to stump up as co-investors in hundreds of towns and communities to subsidise improved broadband access, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.
“Despite calling for expressions of interest in March from all local authorities to access a new pool of funding to improve substandard internet connections, the government last week quietly changed the rules for how the money will be allocated.
Rural New Zealand’s growing anger at substandard internet connections is catching up on the Government with panicked, unfunded and unambitious promises made by Communications Minister Amy Adams, says Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“National's 'aspirational' target for broadband connectivity in ten years’ time is a cynical attempt to distract from the under-delivering rural broadband.