The truth about the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing

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Earlier today, I blogged about how Matthew Hooton, Paul Brislen, Vodafone and a host of vested interests have duped Kiwi households out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Essentially, the Labour-leaning Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing conned media into thinking their campaign was about going into bat for Kiwi households. But it is actually about lining the pockets of greedy telcos like Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and their mates.

I want to refer people to the Coalition’s original press release when it launched its campaign.

Now that media have finally wised up to what I have been saying, I have made some changes to the Coalition’s press release to more accurately reflect its true position.

Broad Coalition Says Yes To $600 Million Windfall for Telcos

A coalition of Kiwi companies, industry associations and consumer advocate groups has today announced proposals to introduce what economists Covec say is a new windfall of at least $600 million for telcos such as Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Telecom.

In a discussion document issued last month, Communications & IT Minister Amy Adams proposed to provide certainty for both the industry and Kiwi households by overruling a crazy determination by the Commerce Commission that would see Chorus stripped off hundreds of millions of dollars it planned it use for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband.  

Under Adams’ proposal, copper broadband prices would drop by $7.50 a month and the future of ultra-fast broadband would be assured.

But according to a conservative analysis released by Covec, Matthew Hooton, David Farrar, Paul Brislen and Jordan Carter said they would oppose the policy and instead ensure that about $600 million will be stripped from Chorus and given to telcos such as Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Telecom

The Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing was founded by Consumer NZ, InternetNZ, and the Telecommunication Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) and is supported by CallPlus and Slingshot, the Federation of Maori Authorities, Greypower, Hautaki Trust, KiwiBlog, KLR Holdings, National Urban Maori Authorities, New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, Orcon, Rural Women, Te Huarahi Tika Trust and the Unite Union.

The group’s spokeswoman, Sue Chetwin, the Chief Executive of Consumer NZ, said she had been tricked into leading the campaign, but it was too late to back out because Matthew Hooton wouldn’t answer her phone calls.

“So because he is screening my calls, I guess I have to say what he wrote for me, which is that Vodafone is a small, struggling multi-national company that needs our help.

“Under our proposal, we intend to make sure Chorus is stripped of hundreds of millions of dollars and that that money is funnelled to Vodafone and other telecos as fast as possible.

“We call upon Chorus to facilitate this transfer as fast as possible.”

Ms Chetwin made it clear that all members of the coalition were fanatic Labour Party supporters and that they intend to dupe the media.

“I would ask that the media just ignore our scam and do not ask us any difficult questions. Trust us, we know what we are doing.

“Vodafone needs our help. Last year they made less than  €17 Billion profit worldwide, so we clearly need to strip a New Zealand company of the money it uses to fund the rollout of ultra-fast broadband.

“Under this funding proposal, there would be only one winner: Vodafone, one of the biggest multi-national companies in the world.

“The losers would be every household, every small business, every big business, every farmer, every school and every student with broadband. Vodafone’s action will ensure they keep every penny from the Commerce Commissions cuts and give nothing to their customers.”

There you go, far more honest and accurate.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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