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eVoting – part of the answer, but not the answer

The local election results are in and so starts the analysis of why so many people did not vote in 2013. For the Auckland Council, 35% of enrolled voters turned out to elect the mayor.  In the Waikato District, the mayoral vote figure was a…

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Complicated 700MHz auction not likely to benefit rural users

The bidders are now at their blocks and waiting for the get-go.  The auction process too, is ready for a press of the ‘go’ button.  The back-room influencers have done their bit and now await the outcome.  They are not holding their breaths.  Perhaps because…

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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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Regulatory “Holiday” by another means

My ewe, mentioned last week with the prolapse problem, has been culled.   She prolapsed repeatedly and her lamb could not be birthed.  For me, this is a significant economic loss but my intervention to save her and her lamb failed and the only humane…

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Amy Adams’ not so special problem

I had to deal with a special problem with one of my ewes last weekend.  She is close to lambing and was experiencing a prolapsed uterus.  It is an ugly condition and difficult to deal with. Real sheep farmers call it a bearing, and you…

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The TSO: 3 things demand its continuance

In introducing the government’s review of the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) last week, I was critical of politicians saying one thing and doing another. The day after that article was written, Amy Adams, as Minister of Communications and Information Technology, proved that criticism spot on….

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The TSO Review needs to do only one thing

Today I watched a video of Helen Clark’s presentation to last weekend’s Tedx Auckland show.  Whatever you think of her politics, Helen’s achievements and thinking are outstanding and I admire her for that. In browsing related videos, I heard her comment on the GCSB ‘spying’ bill.  “It’s best…

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