18 Mar 2011

TelstraClear CEO slams broadband legislation

7:28 am on 18 March 2011

The chief executive of TelstraClear has told a select committee hearing at Parliament that the Government's broadband legislation will stifle competition and reduce choice for consumers.

The bill lays out the Government's plans to introduce the ultra-fast broadband network.

However, Allan Freeth says the legislation has the potential to change the telecommunications environment forever.

He says TelstraClear has never been consulted in a sincere or substantive manner on the bill.

Dr Freeth says the process has been a charade for the Government to pass legislation to protect its investment in a flawed scheme to bring a fibre network to New Zealand.