Lots of stuff this week on broadband in NZ. The co-founder of the Internet and chief evangalist for Google, Vint Cerf, has slated the lack of competition in the broadband market in NZ and the need to open up access.
Telecom has announced it will start installing ADSL technology later this year and hence in 2007 download speeds of up to 24 Mb/s may be available. This is very welcome but the devil will be in the details. What the price will be, what data caps may apply, what user ratios will be and wholesale arrangements.
Christopher Niesche in the Herald writes on how Telecom’s announcement doesn’t change the need for reform.
And as an example of why we need dramatically better broadband look at this announcement from Universal Studios that it will start selling movie downloads over the Internet.