Quotes from submissions on telecommunications bill

Quotes from submissions on telecommunications bill

Ed note: At the link below you may download a document contains a selection of quotes from individuals and organisations that made submissions on the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Bill in favour of maintaining New Zealand’s copper landline phone system.

 Please note that there are many more submissions from the public available on the Parliamentary website. 

Due to the fact that many of the submissions from members of the public were not posted on the Parliamentary  website until after the bill was reported to the House on May 4, some of the most compelling submissions are NOT included in this document; however the document does give a good idea of the diverse reasons in favour of saving NZ\s copper landline phone network.

Landline submissions quotable quotes final edit for website


Submissions on 5G now available online

Submissions on 5G now available online

Website editor’s note: At virtually the same time that the wheels of NZ government are in motion to destroy most New Zealanders’ access to the copper landline phone system that allows people to have a safe corded phone and a safe hardwired internet connection, the government is preparing to introduce a new, high risk wireless system known as 5G.  

The text below has been excerpted from the website of Stop Smart Meters NZ:

Radio Spectrum Management NZ (a unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment or MBIE) recently posted a discussion document about the planned introduction of 5G on its website and invited submissions.

Radio Spectrum Management NZ has now posted the submissions that it received on its website.

Here is the main link to access submissions:


Overall, submissions covered three main areas:  health concerns, the use of radio microphones in the 600MHz band and submissions from companies in the telecommunications industry.

Most of the submissions on health issues have been compiled into one document that you can see at the link below.

https://www.rsm.govt.nz/projects-auctions/current-projects/preparing-for-5g-in-new-zealand/folder-potential-health-effects-of-5g-technology/submissions-relating-to-health-concerns.pdf  (In cases where people sent in supplementary submissions these have been listed separately.)

Radio Spectrum Management NZ states on its website that it “will be providing advice to the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media over the coming weeks and months.”


Please join us

Your voice in defence of New Zealand’s copper landline network and your taking the time to help educate others about the importance of this important national infrastructure would be most appreciated.

If you would like to write to your MP and ask him or her not to vote for the bill that will destroy much as NZ’s copper landline system, there a template letter that you can adapt and information to help you do this here: http://www.saveourlandlines.nz/news/a-vote-for-the-telecommunications-new-regulatory-framework-amendment-bill-is-a-vote-for-the-destruction-of-much-of-nzs-copper-landline-phone-system/

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The cellphone cancer link is REAL and is a key reason why landlines are so important

The cellphone cancer link is REAL and is a key reason why landlines are so important


If you are reading this article, it is a fair bet that you are a non-smoker.

Why? Because most New Zealand adults are now non-smokers thanks to concerted public educations programmes about the risks of smoking, including the much greater risk of lung cancer in people who smoke cigarettes.

(As anyone knows who has had a friend or family member develop lung cancer, it’s a cruel disease which is often fatal.)

There’s also mounting evidence in humans and animals that cellular (and cordless) phone use can increase the risk of an often-fatal brain tumour (glioma).

In fact, one prominent scientist now states that new animal exposure data means that the type of radiation produced by cellular phones should now be classified as a proven (Class 1) carcinogen.

However, most people don’t know this.

The mobile phone industry has about as much interest in telling people about the risks of brain (and other cancers) associated with cellular phone use as the tobacco companies had in being frank about the health risks of smoking.


New Zealander shares story of cellphone associated tumour

New Zealander shares story of cellphone associated tumour

On May 24, 2018 after Leighton Smith of Newstalk ZB invited people to phone in with their thoughts about the copper landline phone issue, a New Zealander called in to share how he had developed a tumour at the site where he had carried his cellular phone on a long term basis.

You can hear what he had to say at the video below,.

Fortunately his man;’s tumour was benign and was able to be treated successfully.

However, there are documented cases of people developing cancerous tumours at sites where they, have kept their cellphones, such as this scientific report relating to breast cancers in young women who had kept


Leighton Smith has caller on landline phone issue

On Thursday May 24, 2018, Leighton Smith was talking about direct democracy and what was happening in NZ parliament on his talk back show and Katherine Smith call in on behalf of Save Our Landlines NZ.

At the youtube link below you can hear their conversation. A big thank you to Clare Swinney who created the youtube video .


A vote for the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill is a vote for the destruction of much of NZ’s copper landline phone system

Open letter to New Zealand Members of Parliament


Dear Sirs/Madams,


The Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill was reported back to the House on May 4 and is now awaiting its second reading.

This letter is to draw to your attention the fact that part of this bill is designed to allow a phase out of the copper landline infrastructure through much of New Zealand.*

New Zealand’s copper landline infrastructure has been built up over many decades and provides a vital lifeline in the event of emergencies because a corded phone connected to this system will function even when a house has lost power.

Submissions from members of the public received by the EDSI select committee in response to this bill were overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal to deprive most New Zealanders of the choice to be able to have a safe corded phone and inexpensive hardwired internet via the copper landline system. (See: http://www.saveourlandlines.nz/news/kiwis-alarmed-at-govt-proposal-to-destroy-landline-infrastructure/)

These submissions were essentially ignored by the committee.

The committee was presented with evidence that at least one major Telco operating in NZ (Spark) has signaled its intention to move internet customers who are considered to be low data users from the copper landline system to wireless internet – even in areas where fibre is available. (See: https://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/609604/spark-abandon-copper-fibre-wireless-broadband/ )


What is electrosensitivity and why is it important?

What is electrosenstivity and why is it important to the landline phone issue?

Electrosensitivity (ES) is variously also known as electrohypersensitivity (EHS) and electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EMS).

People who develop this condition have often been exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields (for example, from smart meters, living close to cellular phone infrastructure, from using cellular phones etc.)

New Zealand does not keep statistics on this condition but in some other developed countries an estimated 3-5% of the population have developed this condition.

People who have developed electrosensitivity develop a variety of unpleasant  symptoms (for example, headaches, nausea, cognitive disturbances, severe fatigue)  in response to exposure to electromagnetic radiation  (EMR) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by common devices (for example cellular and cordless phones and their bases, wi-fi routers, computers etc.).

Some of these symptoms can be life threatening – for example cardiac arrhythmias or seizures.


Kiwis Alarmed at Govt. Proposal to Destroy Landline Infrastructure

Press release

May 1, 2018, Save Our Landlines NZ.


Kiwis Alarmed at Govt. Proposal to Destroy Landline Infrastructure



Many New Zealanders are irate at the government’s plans to scuttle much of the country’s landline copper wired infrastructure, citing serious irreversible safety concerns.


Kiwis made submissions on the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill to let the government know that the destruction of New Zealand’s copper landline infrastructure proposed in the bill is unacceptable.


The Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill began its life under the past National-led government and passed its first reading in Parliament in August 2017.


A preliminary analysis of submissions on the bill by volunteers working on the Save Our Landlines NZ campaign shows that the vast majority of individuals who made submissions on the bill are virtually unanimous in their desire to preserve New Zealand’s copper landline telephone network.


A common theme among submissions from individuals was how a corded phone connected to the copper landline network would still work even if a home lost power and could therefore provide vital access to emergency services.


“Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill” threatens future of landlines

“Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill” threatens future of landlines

As of this writing (April 28 2018) a bill (the “Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill”) is currently being considered by the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Parliamentary Select Committee.

Submissions on the bill closed on 2 February 2018.  (An extension until March 30 was granted to members of Grey Power but the organisation’s national leadership apparently chose not to inform its members about the extension.)

As of May 4, 2018, the select committee had posted 175 submissions on its website


The clause of the bill that proposes to deregulate the copper phone line infrastructure in parts of NZ where fibre optic infrastructure