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Recognise access to the Internet at ultrafast speeds as a basic human right

Politicians in England and the US have an enlightened attitude to rural broadband provisioning that is demonstrably absent from politicians in this country. The English are pushing for productivity to grow faster in their countryside than in urban areas. They see rural economic opportunities increasing…

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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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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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Complicated 700MHz auction not likely to benefit rural users

The bidders are now at their blocks and waiting for the get-go.  The auction process too, is ready for a press of the ‘go’ button.  The back-room influencers have done their bit and now await the outcome.  They are not holding their breaths.  Perhaps because…

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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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Amy Adams’ not so special problem

I had to deal with a special problem with one of my ewes last weekend.  She is close to lambing and was experiencing a prolapsed uterus.  It is an ugly condition and difficult to deal with. Real sheep farmers call it a bearing, and you…

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Persimmons on the digital highway

Seven times.  At least. That was the answer to the question posed last week: “How much more do rural people pay for equivalent broadband services above what urban people pay?” I took some criticism of that figure because my five times multiplier was based on…

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Barrier reduced, not eliminated

One of the identified barriers to the uptake of Ultra Fast Broadband in urban areas has now been reduced in a deal between Chorus and the government.  That is a fantastic development for urban people.  But for their rural cousins, all it does is to add another…

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Wanganui – NZ’s leading Intelligent Community

Wanganui is the first New Zealand city to be honoured by US-based Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) as one of the ‘Smart21′ finalists to their 2013 Intelligent Community Awards. It is a big deal for Wanganui to join the likes of Singapore, winner of the inaugural…

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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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