I don't want to trash the Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) rollout.

Overall, the project has achieved good results for New Zealand. I appreciate it every time I watch Netflix or Lightbox at home, or connect to any cloud computing service at work.

It's followed a solid, consistent fibre-to-the-home strategy, compared to the ever-changing chaos of Australia's National Broadband Network. It's positioned us well for the future.


But right now, Chorus — the main company driving the UFB — is neck-deep in controversy.

Nearly all of Chorus' subcontractors are guilty of systematic exploitation of workers, the Labour Inspectorate said on October


1. $1.35b was too cheap

2. Free installs

3. The copper price war