Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Opinion feature: Broadband in our Blueskin Bay area

Are you frustrated with dial up Internet speed in our community? I am!
To be honest I am more than frustrated, I am at my wits end. It's not
like we live in a third world country, yet we have third world
services given to us. The official line from Telecom, is shut up, we
will get to it when we can. Not good enough I say.

I have been trying to get an answer from Telecom regarding broad band
in Seacliff. I am informed that the exchange for the area is capable
of delivering broadband, but wait, our community is too far away from
this modern piece of equipment for any broad band in the area. Then I
was promised that by May, (This is through the Telecom 123 queue and
Xtra sign up centre) that a repeater or like device would be
installed. This means that we would then have broadband.

Well we are still waiting, the issue being not enough demand in the
area according to the call centre. The alternatives are not pretty
either. Bordernet has satellite broadband, or what they call
broadband, it's expensive and well frankly far from being broadband.
Their website says that speeds of 256k are considered to be broadband.
Perhaps in their book, but certainly not in mine. What's more, you
still have to use a dial up telephone to request info and only the
down link is then sent via satellite. Hardly worth all the effort!

What about that magical optic fibre link that runs along the railway
line? Let's not even try and go there! It's owned by the Aussies and
no they don't want any unauthorised access to the line! Then there is
farmside, well for what you get its far too costly.

Are you as frustrated as me? If you have any ideas or suggestions, why
not let us put our heads together and get 21st Century technology in
our area. Let's move from being third world into the first world, and
most of all lets not take no for an answer from telecommunications
companies. If need be lets get the MPs involved. What is our council
doing to support us in this? Why is this our problem, and not the
council's problem too? I would love to hear from you and let's get
this resolved.

by Sean Fordham

(Sean lives in Seacliff and can be contacted at seanf @ ihug . co . nz)

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Mike Bown said...

A couple of comments re broadband access for the northern regions of Dunedin City:

I understand that work will shortly start on the installation of a pipeline to bring drinkable water from Dunedin to the Waitati to Waikouaiti areas.

While the equipment is doing all that digging, would it be possible to drop a fibre optic cable in the trench alongside the pipe and bring broadband to Waitati, Warrington, Karitane and Waikouaiti areas. This would also contribute positively to the council's, plan for a ‘wired Dunedin'. After all we are still part of Dunedin City!

Then, perhaps, how about wireless internet access from the local council centres, e.g. wireless internet hubs on the Blueskin Library and the Waikouaiti Library.

Just a thought!

Mike Bown

Blueskin Media said...

Wow, somebody actually reads all this! Hello Mike. Did you see Telecom's reply? (apparently their email was working)

Mike Bown said...

Yes, I check the blog regularly. It's a good way for me to keep up with what's going on on the local area. For instance, I hope to go along to the Hector's dolphin talk at the Waitati Hall. I wouldn't have known about it if not for the blog.

Keep up the good work!

I'll do my bit to spread the word about the blog.



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