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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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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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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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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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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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Woohaa. Ultrafast Broadband is on its way to Franklin

Franklin residents may welcome the news last week that Chorus will commence its roll out of ultrafast broadband in Pukekohe and Waiuku as planned in July 2013. Chorus seem pretty happy in confirming plans for the third year of its Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) deployment.  The…

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