Joyce’s broadband back-down

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, May 24th, 2011 - 7 comments
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Steven Joyce has been forced into a embarrassing back-down on giving a regulatory holiday to companies who won contracts for the Government’s Ultra Fast Broadband plan.

But, you guessed it, Joyce is going to let the Commerce Commission sort things out. The very Commerce Commission that still hasn’t prosecuted one cartel or monopoly abuse case since National came to power.

Like I have said before “So even if Steven Joyce comes out with, ‘we will let the Commerce Commission oversee things’ beware! the game is already rigged.”

Joyce by all accounts will be stepping into Keys shoes win on lose this election and has shown what a pig headed bully he can be already, yes hats off to him for changing his mind, but once in control do you think he will be this easily swayed.

This was a emperor has no clothes issue really, the pressure became to much in the end for Joyce, he should have done his homework, but as we know National don’t like plans, they just make stuff up as they go.

So more corporate welfare coming up from the Government in the future over this issue I suspect.


7 comments on “Joyce’s broadband back-down”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Wasn’t part of the deal that if the CC sets rates that are below what Telecom is charging, the government has to pay Telecom the difference?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Yep. Just a switch from one set of subsidies for another.

      • ianmac 1.1.1

        But no subsidies for milk or bread?

        • Draco T Bastard

          I’m not against subsidies where they’re needed – Telecommunications doesn’t need them. If we’d kept Telecom and the regulations that kept it a state monopoly we’d already have what the $1.5b in subsidies is supposed to roll out. Farming doesn’t need them either – it’s one of our biggest earners but we keep giving them by not bringing the pollution that they create under control.

  2. logie97 2

    Fantastic news. Have you heard. Steve announced that the roll out will begin in the poorer suburbs first to give an employment lift to struggling areas. He was told specifically by the people of Takapuna, Remuera, Epsom, St Heliers, Parnell and Herne Bay, to give priority to the outlying suburbs. He will get my vote. Damn, isn’t he a list MP.

  3. bobo 3

    How affordable will high speed broadband be for the poor Joyce seems so concerned about..

  4. tc 4

    Smarmy and predictable, this is the new Muldoon complete with the bullying…..the holowmen must be so proud of their little protege.

    What’s he been up to in higher Ed after it got taken off ayatollah I wonder.

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