Website editor’s note: The letter that you can access below, which was recently published on June 12, 2018 in the Otago Daily Times sums up the one of the key benefits of retaining the copper landlines phone network. You can click on the image to make it bigger.
Please note that if you want to have fibre installed you can negotiate with the installer to have your copper lines retained. However you may have to pay additional monthly fees to retain access to the copper network as well ass the fibre network,It is important to explore these issue prior to making any decision to move to fibre.
On June 13, the Hamilton based Access Radio station “Hamilton Free FM” featured a discussion of the landline phone issue.
The host for the show was Jack Geier from the “From the Fringes” show and the guest speaking on the landline phone issue was Katherine Smith. The same show also included discussion of a new bill called the “Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill”.
Save Our Landlines NZ has launched a petition on the copper landline phone issue.
The petition asks New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters to withdraw the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Bill which threatens New Zealanders’ access to the copper phone line network.The petition requests that the bill be re-drafted it so that it protects the copper phone line system and ensures that it remains accessible at an affordable price.
The petition, hosted by Change.org may be accessed at the link below:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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 .
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.
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.