In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change.
New Zealanders deserve the right to a thriving, open Internet which supports economic development, innovation and free speech. The Internet over the last twenty five years has changed everything; from how we communicate, how we buy and sell products and even how we fall in love. Our laws in many respects are trying to play catch-up with the rapid development of the Internet and in some cases have actually harmed its free and open nature.
Politics has been around for thousands of years but new technologies are changing the climate of politics and helping make it a better place. As a young MP, I’ve embraced digital tools as part of my work and I‘m privileged to have a front-row seat in how it’s affecting politics.
New Zealand desperately needs a second cable. As the Green’s discussion paper on this issue pointed out: New Zealand is reliant on a single fibre optic cable system connecting us to the rest of the world. Will Hawaiki’s cable deliver?
Yesterday Steven Joyce launched another glossy report into the ICT industry. The ICT Sector report highlights strengths of the industry and challenges such as finding enough skilled workers but the report fails to recommend any steps the Government could take and in fact misleads how Government is supporting this sector.
It’s fair to say MPs and politicians around the world don’t have a good rap for their tech or Internet knowledge. But actually, we’re in the twenty first century, and it’s ‘no longer OK to not know how the Internet works’
With transport, housing, power and food prices all increasing, how would you feel if the Government artificially kept your Internet bill high? How would you feel if the reason to keep costs higher than they should be or need to be is to guarantee income for Chorus (a new part of old-Telecom)?
Today Communications Minister Amy Adams announced the Government’s plans for allocating the 700MHz spectrum that has been freed up by the switchover to digital TV.
It’s a big deal for New Zealand and I’m urging that the Government engage and consult with Māori and the public over the opportunities. The public should get a say.