Telecom pirate leader resigns
Rod Emmerson's cartoon in this mornings Herald nicely summed up my thoughts on the resignation of Telecom CEO Theresa Gatting. Even TV3 voiced one criticism of Gatting in their coverage the other night - Gatting was too focused on shareholder returns. TV3 didn't make the connection, but "shareholder returns" is a key reason few New Zealanders have decent broadband. Long John Silver would be proud.
It appears some Telecom executives are still shaking in their insecure little new right boots that the Government stepped in and finally did some long overdue regulating.
Quite frankly unbundling the local loop is hardly heavy regulation, particularly if you look at the number of other countries who have also introduced the policy (and most did so many years ago).
If the local right wing loonies and the board of Telecom are going to overreact to a moderate policy like unbundling, then perhaps we should have gone the whole hong and renationalised the local loop instead. My point is, and I think this is a worthwhile lesson for the left - the reaction would have been the same.
Christopher Niesche also calls on Telecom to stop being a company obsessed with holding back the tide of regulation at any cost and become a company seeking growth
I hope Telecom appoint a CEO who takes a longer term view of Telecom's position in the market and realises the company will be far better off to invest in itself through greater investment in infrastructure. This would involve stop giving into the demands of the short term speculators for their blood sucking dividends and putting more emphasis on the interests of their customers, staff and real investors (ie the long term shareholders).
That said it will take some time for New Zealanders to forget the number of times Spot the dog shitted inside our house. I hope Telecom improve their behaviour, but unfortunately I can't help but think they will be a naughty puppy for some time yet.