Labour communications spokesperson Clare Curran criticised Chorus asking government for a $100 million bailout to rollout the UFB network while posting a healthy $171 million net profit for 2013.
She says Communications Minister Amy Adams decision to price copper broadband the same as fibre amounts to giving the company a $100 million copper tax.
Curran says it’s even more extraordinary that Chorus can use competitive copper pricing in the areas where it doesn’t control the fibre roll out.
She says: “In other words Chorus can undercut the three smaller taxpayer UFB companies in Northland, the mid-North Island and Canterbury in order to protect its own business. This is called pocket pricing; it is an extraordinary rort.”
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