Tag archive for digital divide

Naf Nats RBI policy

Almost lost amidst the ructions of the continuing ‘Dirty Politics’ epic, were a pair of announcements by government minister Amy Adams that will impact rural people and businesses.  Curiously, each announcement was made with Ms Adams wearing a different hat. Last week, in the name…

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The mother of all technological revolutions

To paraphrase a saying attributed to philosopher George Santayana (1863 – 1952), those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past, are bound to repeat them. You may disagree with that sentiment but human history is riddled with examples that support it.  For example, the…

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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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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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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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Third world broadband tolerated

Across the globe, people are reaping the benefits of modern telecommunications networks.  But not in New Zealand’s remote rural areas. In Africa, SMS text messaging from mobile phones is helping improve the health, education and economic development outcomes of millions. Governments across Asia, Europe, America…

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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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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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