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A city-centric rose-tinted view

For six years now, the Commerce Commission have published their annual report on the state of the telecommunications industry in New Zealand. A perceptive read it is not. However, it does draw out some interesting trends on the state of the nation’s telecommunications market. By…

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A predetermined position that disadvantages rural people

A question I have posed many times is “How much more should rural people pay for equivalent broadband services above what urban people pay?” How much more we do pay depends on the rural broadband service provider we sign up with.  Seven times for rural…

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Exploring Ultra Fibre by Telecom

Chorus’s reticence to pay non-standard UFB connection charges was back in the news in the same week that Telecom launched its new Ultra Fibre broadband service. Both Stuff and the NBR reported on the issue which seems to stem from Chorus’ legal interpretations of the Resource Management Act consequent on Telecom’s…

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Planning for Climate Change

Our cows danced a jig in the paddock, leaving their calves looking on, seemingly bemused.  The sheep put their head and shoulders in to their shelters but left their rear ends exposed, perhaps to secure the benefits without having to face it head on. After…

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Opinion: Amy Adams lets rural New Zealand down.

The government has confirmed its long-held intention to auction the 700MHz “digital dividend” spectrum to a duopoly plus one of mobile telcos. CIT Minister Amy Adams announced last Thursday that the auction will be held in the third quarter of this year. The digital dividend…

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A new paradigm: Focus on The Commons, not Economics

Last week, we looked at the Wireless Commons and argued that making the radio spectrum a part of “The Commons” would lead to greater competition for the delivery of wireless services. Instead of competition for the radio spectrum resource, a Wireless Commons approach would encourage…

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Telco competition the key to world ranking

The average cost of our telephone services, mobile calling and fixed broadband services are amongst the more expensive in the world according to an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report.  Combined, they rank us at 48th (out of 161 countries) on the price scale, similar to…

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Do we need to kick up a whinny of a din too?

We woke this morning to the plaintive mooing of one of our purebred Lowline Angus cows.  Immediately we knew that something was wrong with the herd. The old girls have developed a wonderful habit of letting us know what is going on with them.  If…

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