On 16/07/2004, at 7:52 AM, Garb wrote:

Message: 3 Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 20:54:35 +0000 (UTC) From: Wayne McDougall <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Subject: [freenet-support] Re: Freenet Expectations] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Message-ID: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

...The government in New Zealand has decided
that 256/256 is the highest broadband speed
that our telecom monomoply needs to make
available to competitors. :-(

...128/128 is the fastest connection available
domestically without a monthly bandwidth cap...

Wow Wayne! What a nightmarish situation. Bandwidth capping? 128/128? You
guys need to do some serious political work in order to get rid of that
monopoly. We had a similar situation here (Denmark), but luckily the telecom
monopoly was removed in the mid nineties before the internet took off for

Btw. cant you get internet feed from cable- and/or electricity-companies as
well? That would create some competition.

There is no legal monopoly in New Zealand. The marketplace is completely deregulated. There are no legal entry barriers to the market place and very few barriers to become a network operator (benefits like compulsory land access, instant fines for cable breakage...). The monopoly is because of the population distribution - nobody other than Telecom is willing to have wires to most of the population, it costs a lot for little return. The only reason Telecom will put up with it is because the wires were put in place by the government.

That said, there's a group of students (including myself ;) at Victoria University who're planning to roll out a large scale IP network based on Cat-5e cable and Power over Ethernet. We've already solved most of the problems ;) Visit http://www.nzwired.net/ if you're interested. The company will be non-profit.

Phillip Hutchings

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