Rural Telecommunications.Monday, Jul 31, 2000
New Zealand farmers reading this are likely to be at the end of a telephone line that is suffering from
interference from local electric fences, a local exchange that is overloaded, connecting to an
ISP that takes a minimum of six tries to connect to down load a page that could take up to 2 minutes
to be readable.
The magic of the Kiwi share is fast fading as communications technology races away from simple voice
telephony expected when Telecom was formed. Telecom has reason to be concerned when new players are
gaining more market share of the high profit urban and business areas of telecommunications supply
To be left with urban households and the rural network as the business base of Telecom should be of
major concern to all.
It is time for leadership to be shown by the communications minister and negotiate a more realistic
position with Telecom, particularly where rural service is concerned. Farmers will pay heavily in
the future if ways are not found to urgently improve the connectivity of the rural network.
Government needs to face up to the non-deliverable component of the Kiwi share and join with Telecom
or some other service provider by funding, urgent development to acceptable standards, the rural
Farmers too, need to be prepared to accept some charge for the improved technology provided.
Hope you are getting enough rain where you are to get the best from these mild winter days.