Now that it owns 100%, there is no impediment to the Council doing a backroom deal to sell Enable, which is doing the broadband rollout in Christchurch
The question arises – for whose benefit are the large sums of public money being pumped into Enable?
Is it for the people of Christchurch, who own it?
Or is it to prepare it for sale to a private (quite possibly overseas) corporate buyer?
Selling Enable is the digital equivalent of selling the roads or water
– a ridiculous idea and bad economics.
Enable is the basic infrastructure for the broadband network.
It is vital digital infrastructure that needs to be owned by the public.
It is as important as electricity.
Selling Enable is the digital equivalent of selling the roads or water – a ridiculous idea and bad economics.
Keep Our Assets Canterbury calls on the Christchurch City Council to restore Enable to its strategic assets register without delay.
Being on that register (along with Orion, the airport and port companies) doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be sold.
But it would mean that Enable could not be sold without a process of public consultation.
Currently it can be sold without any input from the people of Christchurch who own and have paid for it.
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