I was pleased to read a couple of days ago that Communications Minister Paul Swain did actually recommend the Government ask the Telecommunications Commissioner to reconsider his decision not to unbundle the local loop. Well done for this.
He got rolled in Cabinet, which is fairly rare for Ministers (may be less so for Swain who had some barmy traffic law changes squashed also). Few Ministers would know enough to contribute on this issue, so I suspect any over-ruling would had to have been led by either the PM, Cullen or maybe Mallard. I’d heard the PM was in fact supportive of unbundling, so my guess would be Cullen was oppossed.
My views on unbundling have been previously posted. I do look forward to the day I can use broadband at full speed for more than 67 minutes a month!