NZ Labour reveals 'radical' internet ideas
Posted in: Government & Policy at 17/10/2011 15:24
Labour would investigate making New Zealand music, TV shows and music available on an online platform funded through a small copyright levy on internet access, if it forms the next government.
It would also seek to expand and accelerate the rollout of the ultrafast broadband network, and investigate whether it could be unbundled from the beginning - a move described as a "radical" change by one commentator.
The party has released its information and communications technology policy ahead of the election next month.
Key points include combining the regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting - with potential ramifications for SkyTV - a greater emphasis on open source software in government and more resources for developing IT skills and for schemes to take technology to lower socio-economic areas.
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Labour targets web monopoly
Labour says New Zealand needs a single competition regulator across the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors to prevent dominant broadcasters including Sky TV gaining a stranglehold on emerging internet TV.
Labour's communications and broadcasting spokeswoman Clare Curran said Labour wanted a shared policy, regulatory and legislative framework across the broadcasting, telecommunications and internet sectors.