“The proposed Chorus charges are almost 80 percent higher per line than the median charge of comparable countries – that’s up to $180 more per year. We think that’s not on and that Chorus charges should actually be reduced.”Spark set up a website http://www.becounted.org.nz to press its case. There’s information and encouragement for customers to send a submission to the Commerce Commission “asking them not to increase the Chorus monopoly charges for broadband”.
“If the Commerce Commission wants to take that approach, it needs to make a clear and compelling case for why New Zealanders should pay more. At every stage of its regulatory process so far, it has been pushing prices up — in a way that isn’t supported by the evidence shared in submissions.”