The storm over Telecom's supposed intention to sue the government should it approve unbundling of the local loop is being firmly contained in its teacup by all parties.
Weekly business paper The Independent claimed yesterday that Telecom will sue the government for breach of property laws should it unbundle the local loop (see Govt, Telecom headed for legal stoush). The Telecommunications Commissioner is required by law to investigate unbundling as an option and is currently doing just that.
However Telecom's public affairs manager John Goulter says the company has not given up on the telecommunication commissioner Douglas Webb's office and will continue to work through the process which Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung has described as "transparent" and "working well" despite having several decisions go against Telecom's point of view.
"I think we'll just wait for Douglas Webb really."
Minister of Communications Paul Swain declined to comment on the issue, saying only "Douglas Webb should be left to get on with his job".