Please Ms Adams, make that unallocated 5MHz block available, on a district basis, to independent wireless service providers for fixed rural broadband use.
So the ‘Digital Dividend’ did not, in the end, produce a dividend.  Three blocks of spectrum each to Telecom and Vodafone but only two to 2Degrees.   Leaving on block unallocated.

The auction receipts, $176 million, exactly matched the the cost of clearing the 700 MHz band.  Except that the auction process would have cost.  Millions?  Likely!

But there is an upside to the auction outcome.  Actually three upsides.

First is that the mobile telcos behaved rationally and bid only the reserve price.  Well done.  That’ll keep prices down.

Second is that there is now no extra $30 million to pay as a sop to Maori for their cultural interest in the radio spectrum. That’s rational.

3_3_2Third is the opportunity that the unallocated block represents.  That’ll be great for rural people.

Please Ms Adams, make that unallocated 5MHz block available, on a district basis, to independent wireless service providers for fixed rural broadband use.

That would be a win win win for competition in the rural sector, for rural people and businesses and another for common sense.