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No Loonies here

In a mad mix of speculative research and sky-high inspiration, the trial of a technology that has the potential to change the world, started last week.  Billions of people, including New Zealanders who live in remote rural locations, will benefit if the trial proves its…

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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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Rural Broadband closer to what it should be

How much more do you believe rural people should pay for equivalent broadband services above what urban people pay? Amidst a growing belief around the world, that fast broadband access is becoming a necessity for participation in our society, equality of access is becoming a…

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on RBI speeds, latency and quality of service

Long have I argued that the government’s RBI (Rural Broadband Initiative) contract was deficient in its specification of the RBI Broadband Service. Not only are the specifications for the service inadequate, but given the way that mobile broadband demand (as distinguished from rural fixed broadband…

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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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Managed Spectrum Park as the Wireless Commons

I have long argued that the digital divide is less about access to computers and the Internet, and more about access to high speed broadband services.  Defined by government policy, the new digital divide is between urban and rural broadband users. That divide is now…

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The Wireless Commons and political resolve

Last week I introduced ‘The Commons’ as a potential means to address man-made problems like climate change, financial crises and high energy prices. The Commons was originally about access to and use of the environment, including forests, the atmosphere, rivers, fisheries or grazing lands.  These…

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The issue is more than political hypocrisy.

Chinese telco equipment manufacturers, Huawei and ZTE, are in the news big time this week with the release of a US Congressional report naming them as threats to the US national security interest. Huawei is the world’s second largest supplier of telco equipment and ZTE…

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