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May the government sing a chorus

As 2013 comes to a close, the costly stand-off on copper broadband pricing between the government and Chorus on the one side, and the rest of the industry on the other side, does not look close to a resolution. Caught in the middle is the…

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Economic Development as if people mattered

Economic development.  We hear the term a lot. We have a Minister of the Crown, Steven Joyce, charged with developing us economically.  Which does not mean that he does it cheaply.  The Ministry of Economic Development, now subsumed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and…

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Gigatown sociology or autocracy?

With Chorus’ going on the offensive and the government kicking for touch over broadband pricing in the past week, a quote in my recent reading struck a chord with me. “Building a Gig community is 10 percent technology and 90 percent sociology.” This is so…

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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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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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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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Chorus sings “Chattanooga Choo Choo”

“Chattanooga Choo Choo” was a bit before my time but the big band swing-dance tune remains memorable and catchy. Besides the tune, Chattanooga is famed for other things, including its mountain incline railway.  At a maximum grade of 72.7% it is one of the world’s…

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Cheaper better faster satellite promise

Hard on the heels of Google’s Project Loon comes the O3b network. And just like Project Loon, it is focused on the billions around the globe, including New Zealand’s remote rural people, who do not have internet access.  Which is where the name comes from…

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So much for privacy protection

A youtube video of interest…

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A way forward to solve climate change issues

I came across this video in my news reading this morning and it struck a chord with me.  An emotional chord, not a musical one. And having written a number of times on the urgency of climate change and the lack of action by those…

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