Tag archive for rural broadband

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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