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  • Labour demands answers from Internal Affairs on XP migration

    Labour has complained to the Ombudsman following what they claim to be a refusal by Internal Affairs minister Peter Dunne to respond to Official Information Act requests on the number of government agencies continuing to run computers on the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.

  • Labour unveils ICT policy

    Labour would remove the controversial ‘three-strikes’ internet account suspension clause of the Copyright Act within 90 days of taking office, according to a wide-ranging pre-election ICT policy statement. Labour also promises a new Copyright Bill within 18 months, a single regulatory body for broadcasting and telecommunications, and an independent review of the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout.

  • Labour slams changes to Telco Amendment Bill

    Labour has hit out at the changes to the Telecommunication Amendment Bill that will see the regulatory forbearance period dumped in favour of “contractual mechanisms”.

  • Telecom's request for fifth variation delays RBI

    Negotiations between the government and Telecom/Vodafone over the Rural Broadband Initiative have met a speed bump following Telecom’s request for a fifth variation to its operational separation undertakings.
    “Taking the opportunity to consult with industry on non-discrimination requirements has meant a small delay. However, the Minister (Steven Joyce) still expects a decision to be made in the next few weeks,” says spokeperson Anita Ferguson in an email.
    ICT Minister Steven Joyce originally said if there was no contract signed by March 31 he would look at the re-tendering. But Ferguson says the government is satisfied that good progress is being made on RBI negotiations.
    Submissions on the fifth variation request close on Tuesday April 5. Telecom has asked that the Undertakings be amended to ensure that the provision of subsidised services under the RBI will not be a breach of the non-discrimination rules.Telecom wants to ensure that if it offers the same services to customers without using RBI infrastructure it doesn’t have to be bound by RBI pricing and obligations.
    A fact sheet ‘Key Points on Telecom/Vodafone’ on the MED’s website states “no changes to telecommunications regulatory required.” But the Ferguson says that the request for a fifth variation to the undertakings was been identified following the initial decision to choose Telecom/Vodafone as the priority bidder.

  • Keeping National honest

    Clare Curran, Labour’s new ICT spokeswoman, has made the first important technical decision of her new role — opting for a Parliamentary BlackBerry Bold over the new BlackBerry Storm.

  • Broadband fund opens for business

    The government’s $340 million fund to accelerate broadband is now accepting applications from business and community groups.