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

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74818/tab/submissionsandadvice

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

has been installed (and could result in copper based infrastructure being phased out in these areas) is below:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2017/0293/latest/DLM7393574.html

The committee is due to report to Parliament on May 4.

 

The entire bill may be read at this link:

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74818/telecommunications-new-regulatory-framework-amendment

 

About Save Our Landlines NZ:

This website is being developed by New Zealanders who want to see the copper landline network in NZ to be retained and protected. If you value having a corded landline phone that will work even if you home (and the area in which you live) loses electricity, you are very welcome to join us.

To get updates on this issue, please follow our Facebook page at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Save-Our-Landlines-NZ-1626155717464225/

If you would like to help in any way with the campaign to save NZ’s copper landline network, please email us through the contact form below.

;http://www.saveourlandlines.nz/contact-us/

Thank you,