E tū calls for inquiry into ultra-fast broadband build

E tū is calling for an inquiry into the ultra-fast broadband network after more complaints of shoddy installation work.

In a case dubbed “fibre to the throne”, wiring for a UFB connection has been draped over a toilet, which technicians say is potentially dangerous.

E tū Industry Coordinator, Joe Gallagher says it’s the latest example of poor quality work which is threatening the integrity of the network.

“Chorus just says “no problems here”, and continues to minimise the shoddy workmanship, but the evidence of poor quality is mounting every day,” says Joe.

“An inquiry is needed to reveal the truth.”

He says many Chorus contractors know about the problems, but fear being black-listed if they speak out.

He says any inquiry would need to be able to reassure people that they could speak without fear or favour.

He says the future of the network, and the training and development of good quality jobs is at stake.

“We are an industry stakeholder. We are committed to ensuring there is a quality network, and we’ll continue to lobbey for training and skilled jobs, so we can build a top network for the benefit of the community.”

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Joe Gallagher E tū Industry Coordinator, Communications ph. 027 591 0015