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Net Neutrality 3: Governments are the major threat to the open Internet

In a previous article in this series on net neutrality, I argued that regulations to ensure an open Internet were not necessary in urban areas.  There, strong and even-handed competition will expose attempts by retail service providers (RSPs) to game the Internet to their exclusive…

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Net Neutrality 2: Regulations needed where competition fails.

Last week, we discussed a US court ruling that may affect our costs in using the internet and concluded that it is actually the power play between content providers (Netflix, Youtube, etc) and retail service providers (RSPs) like Verizon that will lead to an increase…

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Net Neutrality 1: Are US Courts determining our Internet costs?

A court in America made a ruling earlier this month that may affect our costs in using our internet. The court decision paves the way for Retail Service Providers (RSPs) to change their business pricing models in a way that will benefit some of their…

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Xtra! Spam, Professionalism and Changing ISP. Yahoo!

Well it happened again on Sunday. Spam emails that is. A heap of them from a number of Telecom Xtra accounts. It has been a regular occurrence over the past year. Some get through my spam blocks. Over 90% do not. The ones that do…

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Cautious suspicions drawn from Comcom retail prices report

In the hullabaloo that was Christmas Eve, there were no blaring headlines trumpeting just how internationally competitive nor how over priced, our broadband services are. Such contradictions are contained in the Commerce Commission’s report on fixed-line phone and broadband retail services. Last year, a separate…

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Quest for certainty yields the opposite

What a fiasco the issue of copper-based broadband pricing has become. For two years, Chorus and the government have known that the regulated price that Chorus can charge for wholesale copper-based broadband would be reviewed and most likely fall.  When the inevitable happened, Chorus’ cried…

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Is the World Internet Project being taken seriously?

I just had to grit my teeth and smile. Whilst the New Zealand 2013 report to the World Internet Project is an interesting and far reaching study in to the usage patterns of internet access around the world, last week’s news reports on the local study…

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Two down, one to go

Of the three major issues presently bugging our telecommunications industry, two have reached resolutions that offer good news for rural people and businesses. First is the auction of the 700MHz spectrum that becomes available for re-purposing when our analogue TV network closes down at the…

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A difference in the attitudes, actions and forward thinking

As New Zealand awaits the political determination of two key telecommunications issues this week, the 2013 Broadband World Forum has just concluded in Amsterdam. The difference in the attitudes, actions and forward thinking that the Europeans displayed compared to our own government’s, was pronounced. In…

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2 outcomes possible for the 700MHz auction

The auction process for the allocation of the ‘digital dividend’ 700MHz spectrum is expected to kick off on Labour Day.  In a $200 million dollar plus process, there is much at stake for all parties. It is important for those rural people who rely on…

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