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Master Geek
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Topic # 30325 4-Feb-2009 18:18
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Scrapping Government Shared Network backward stepWednesday, 4 February 2009, 9:23 am
Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party

Media Release

Clare Curran

MP for Dunedin South

Spokesperson for Communication and IT


Grant Robertson

MP for Wellington Central

Labour Spokesperson on State Services


3 February 2009

Scrapping Government Shared Network backward step


Scrapping the Government Shared Network (GSN) is a backward step at a time when the National Government should be supporting information technology projects, Labour MPs said today.

Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran and State Services Commission spokesperson Grant Robertson labelled the move to discontinue the GSN as retrograde and short sighted.

“The GSN is a major piece of the information communication technology infrastructure developed by the previous Labour Government,” they said.

“It provided a foundation for transformational improvement in the provision of state services and increased security and consolidated resources and expertise within the public sector.

“Its intention was always to provide a necessary and important service within the context of new technology for the public good.

“The National Government’s heavy-handed and regressive approach to new technology reflects its lack of a plan for ICT and will damage the industry generally.

“This decision demonstrates a big step backwards for New Zealand’s digital strategy at a time when we need to be showing certainty and confidence.

"Instead of laying out a positive broadband plan, National is asleep at the wheel – since being in government, its only move has been to cancel a major IT infrastructure project, while leaving 36 Broadband Investment Fund projects in limbo."


Now I am not one to criticise but I thought National wanted to decrease red tape, not add to it! Also there are some of us that are waiting on the BIF decision - still waiting, and waiting and waiting (Sounds like an Ariston advert)


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  Reply # 194257 5-Feb-2009 13:20
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  Reply # 194259 5-Feb-2009 13:33
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Darn it, all that work down the pan!!!!

So what now for rural New Zealand and other underserved communities?? - can't see that $1.5b of fibre going very far and will probably still only be serving Rems, Ponsonby and Mt Eden types. 


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  Reply # 194264 5-Feb-2009 13:47
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Those with broadband get better broadband, those without still miss out.

 

Maurice Williamson was the one who came up with $1.5billion and he didn't even make it to the role of Minister. See a detailed cost analysis of the 75%, courtesy of InternetNZ.





 



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  Reply # 194280 5-Feb-2009 14:40
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So those in Zone 4 will still be left waiting for many a year. I can find lists of the ZOnes but nothing substantial that gives detailed descriptions of each area.

Thanks for the article, very interesting.

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