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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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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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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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3 + 3 + 2 = Opportunity

So the ‘Digital Dividend’ did not, in the end, produce a dividend.  Three blocks of spectrum each to Telecom and Vodafone but only two to 2Degrees.   Leaving on block unallocated. The auction receipts, $176 million, exactly matched the the cost of clearing the 700…

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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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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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