Newman: Greens a force for unbundling

The Green Party influence in Parliament following the general election may put slightly more weight behind the campaign for unbundling the local telephone loop.

The Green Party influence in Parliament following the general election may put slightly more weight behind the campaign for unbundling the local telephone loop.

TUANZ head Ernie Newman says the Greens broke ranks with Labour on local loop unbundling in the select committee.

“And I can see it would be a natural policy for them to support, given their environmental views. If we have an unbundled local loop there is more likely to be competition in the rollout of broadband, so a higher uptake.”

That will mean more opportunity to telework, he says, and less physical pressure on the roads and less pollution, he argues. TUANZ would see unbundling as a positive move, he says.

Other than possible additional pressure, voters’ choice of a minority Labour government will mean “business as usual” in the telecomms sector.

“I see what the previous government did — the Telecommunications Act and its consequences, and the rural broadband initiatives — going through as they intended.”

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