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