Kiwis could be forced to pay for local calls: Labour
10:16AM Wednesday Jun 10, 2009

New Zealanders may have to start paying for local phone calls if the Government gets its way, Labour says.

A Cabinet paper prepared by Finance Minister Bill English proposed scrapping the Kiwi Share, which requires the Government to hold a 10 per cent share in Telecom, and the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) which limits phone line rentals to the rate of inflation and guarantees free local calls, Labour communications spokeswoman Clare Curran said.

Treasury is to lead a review looking at the Kiwi Share and TSO, she said.

The Cabinet paper called for the "beginning of a regulatory review programme" which was part of the Government's first 100 day commitments.

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