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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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A city-centric rose-tinted view

For six years now, the Commerce Commission have published their annual report on the state of the telecommunications industry in New Zealand. A perceptive read it is not. However, it does draw out some interesting trends on the state of the nation’s telecommunications market. By…

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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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Exploring Ultra Fibre by Telecom

Chorus’s reticence to pay non-standard UFB connection charges was back in the news in the same week that Telecom launched its new Ultra Fibre broadband service. Both Stuff and the NBR reported on the issue which seems to stem from Chorus’ legal interpretations of the Resource Management Act consequent on Telecom’s…

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A new paradigm: Focus on The Commons, not Economics

Last week, we looked at the Wireless Commons and argued that making the radio spectrum a part of “The Commons” would lead to greater competition for the delivery of wireless services. Instead of competition for the radio spectrum resource, a Wireless Commons approach would encourage…

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