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Topic # 190693 9-Jan-2016 01:12
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What law allows VF to pass this charge on to us?





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  Reply # 1466302 9-Jan-2016 01:27
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Why does Vodafone need a specific law to charge you a fee? They did tell you about the fee before they charged you so they satisfied the requirements of consumer law. If you're not happy you can always not use their services.

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  Reply # 1466306 9-Jan-2016 02:21
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Laws dont allow things, the prohibit things.

So where is the law that says that they cant pass this charge on to you, or make up any charge and stick it on the bill?




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  Reply # 1466345 9-Jan-2016 08:42
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Its not a telco increase of price. Its passing on a Govt levy. Given that being a telco is a difficult business, and what we pay has given higher and higher GB allowances, minutes, free add ons year on year, I think its fair to not expect them to absorb another cost, a cost which is in the interests of the national population. 

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  Reply # 1466348 9-Jan-2016 08:57
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I disagree, if people choose to live in a rural location why should the taxpayer have to contribute by paying millions of $$$ in subsidies to supply modern telecommunications infrastructure. People are not forced to live in rural locations.

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ajw: I disagree, if people choose to live in a rural location why should the taxpayer have to contribute by paying millions of $$$ in subsidies to supply modern telecommunications infrastructure.


Because we have a 19th century economy which revolves around farming?

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  Reply # 1466355 9-Jan-2016 09:37
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ajw: I disagree, if people choose to live in a rural location why should the taxpayer have to contribute by paying millions of $$$ in subsidies to supply modern telecommunications infrastructure.


Because we have a 19th century economy which revolves around farming?


And the majority support a national government.

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  Reply # 1466364 9-Jan-2016 10:11
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Isn't this just a few dollars? Small charge to improve our infrastructure in our most important revenue generating regions




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ajw: I disagree, if people choose to live in a rural location why should the taxpayer have to contribute by paying millions of $$$ in subsidies to supply modern telecommunications infrastructure. People are not forced to live in rural locations.


You benefit greatly from these people




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ajw: I disagree, if people choose to live in a rural location why should the taxpayer have to contribute by paying millions of $$$ in subsidies to supply modern telecommunications infrastructure. People are not forced to live in rural locations.


You benefit greatly from these people


Tell that to the telecos who weren't interested in building infrastructure in rural areas unless they got millions of $$$ of taxpayers money.

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  Reply # 1466367 9-Jan-2016 10:16
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MikeB4: Isn't this just a few dollars? Small charge to improve our infrastructure in our most important revenue generating regions


I thought Chorus (and the other network managers) were in charge of the infrastructure. And they already charge for that...







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  Reply # 1466368 9-Jan-2016 10:18
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MikeB4: Isn't this just a few dollars? Small charge to improve our infrastructure in our most important revenue generating regions


$11.88 per year.

Not worth a thread or a news article IMHO

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I can understand the levy to some degree, Ok fine I'll gin and bear it, but what really grates me is that I not just paying it once on my broadband account I paying it again on my mobile on account, and again on my wife's on account mobile, but the pre-pay accounts pay *nothing* - go figure




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  Reply # 1466390 9-Jan-2016 10:38
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Geektastic: What law allows VF to pass this charge on to us?

To answer the OP, the law that gives the Government the right to impose the levy is the Telecommunications Act 2001, as amended by Acts such as the Telecommunications (Development Levy) Amendment Bill which increased funding for the Rural Broadband Initiative and established a Mobile Black Spots Fund. The retail telcos can then charge whatever they like, including labelling some of the price as a levy, provided that the laballing is  not misleading.

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gregmcc: I can understand the levy to some degree, Ok fine I'll gin and bear it, but what really grates me is that I not just paying it once on my broadband account I paying it again on my mobile on account, and again on my wife's on account mobile, but the pre-pay accounts pay *nothing* - go figure





Quite simple prepay users are free to switch providers at any time. Very competitive out there now. I do wish warehouse mobile would introduce more prepay plans.

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ajw: I disagree, if people choose to live in a rural location why should the taxpayer have to contribute by paying millions of $$$ in subsidies to supply modern telecommunications infrastructure. People are not forced to live in rural locations.


Because we're all in it together as Kiwis who look after each other?  The sort of thinking you describe is selfish and nothing would ever get done because anyone not directly benefiting - today (no imagination about tomorrow) doesn't want to pay for it. 




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