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Save NZ's landlines; Comments due in 2 days
New Zealand Created: 30 Jan 2018
A bill is pending in New Zealand's Parliament that would allow that country's landline provider, Chorus, to abandon its entire copper network. The portion of the bill deregulating copper is here: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2017/0293/latest/DLM7393574.html
It would allow Chorus to dismantle its copper network in all areas served by fiber optics. New Zealand is in process of laying fiber optics virtually everywhere. All residents of New Zealand will be forced to have either VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) or wireless for their phone service if this passes.

Comments from the public are being accepted now, and are due by Feb. 2 New Zealand time, which is Feb. 1 in most of the rest of the world. What happens in New Zealand will affect the rest of the world.

Comments on this bill, from anywhere in the world, should be submitted here:

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCED_SCF_BILL_74818/telecommunications-new-regulatory-framework-amendment

Arthur Firstenberg
Source: Cellphone Task Force, Arthur Firstenberg (via email), 30 Jan 2018

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