Monthly archive for September2013

Is Amy Adams running rural NZ down?

Broadband issues have figured in our news a lot this year.  Much of that was centred on government reviews including those of the “Digital Dividend”, the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO), and the Telecommunications Act. One of the things common to each of these reviews, is…

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Big guns sing the chorus

It’s a sure sign of serious trouble when the big guns come out into the open. John Key first stepped in to Chorus’ broadband pricing debate back in December.  He said then that the Commerce Commission’s draft determination on wholesale pricing was “very problematic” and that the…

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700MHz auction a downer for rural people

In a move long trumpeted, the government have confirmed that the 700MHz digital dividend spectrum will be auctioned off to registered bidders. The announcement last week also confirms the loss of an opportunity to reduce the growing urban/rural digital divide.  Instead, Amy Adams is enforcing…

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A wayward focus

Amy Adams has been the subject of a bit of criticism from me this past month.  Her apparent fixation on putting firms ahead of people in a number of telecommunications issues we face is simply off target. This fixation and her actions in dictating the…

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