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700MHz 4G rolling out

The auction of the 700 MHz ‘digital dividend’ spectrum rights was completed in June, 14 months after the sale process commenced.  This month, the purchasers have announced their plans to roll out new services based on that spectrum. The digital dividend band became available when…

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Fibre in Rural Communities coming to a location near you

Progress on the government’s 5-year Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) is ahead of schedule at the end of its third year according to spokespersons from Vodafone and Chorus. The $300 million RBI contracts were awarded jointly to Chorus and Vodafone in April 2011 with the contract…

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No confidence in broadband industry self-regulation

What is it we consider when signing up for new broadband services? For many, price will be number one. This can be confusing because it is not always clear that we are comparing services on a like for like basis. Does a $75 plan from…

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Broadband speeds are dependent on RSPs’ policies too

Last week I introduced the muddy waters of broadband speed tests. What muddies the issue is that there is not a standardised methodology for speed test services and therefore, the results gathered are open to selective interpretation. A speedtest is important to consumers because it…

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The muddy waters of Broadband Speedtests

The speed of our broadband connection matters. It matters to retail service providers (RSPs) in terms of promoting their services and in up-selling customers to a more expensive service. It matters to us, as customers of RSPs, in terms of service quality and in terms…

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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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