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May 3, 2006 3:02 AM   Subscribe

New Zealand: High-tech socialist paradise? Only time will tell.

The announcement follows months of signals from senior MPs including the Prime Minister Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen that they were unhappy with broadband uptake rates, the cost and data limits.

Translation: Members of Parliament thought their porn was downloading too slow.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:18 AM on May 3, 2006

Great. Now even the Kiwi's have faster interwebs than us Aussies. This just fucking sucks.

Screw you Howard! Screw you and that luddite Alston you put in the telecommunications portfolio for years! And screw you for appointing an incompetent hack like Helen Coonan to replace him!
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:06 AM on May 3, 2006

You have nothing on South Africa. The fastest ADSL we can get is 1Mbps with 1 GB of data costing R65-75 (about $10). Currently I'm on a blazing fast 384 Kbps with a 3GB account for R195.00. And as another insult I have to 'rent' my ADSL line for an extra R270.00 over and above the R80.00 charge for a normal voice line. And the net result: R8 billion a year profit for our monopoly Telkom and the most expensive communications costs for regular citizens. More info at HellKom and MyBroadband.

Help us Obi-Wan!
posted by PenDevil at 4:35 AM on May 3, 2006

Yo effigy, read the first article?
posted by wilful at 4:38 AM on May 3, 2006

PenDevil speaks rightly. Telkom has a competitor, of sorts, but Telkom makes sure the lines going in to the competitor are inadequate.

All this in addition to power outages in Capetown, which shut down my access because I use a router there! I'm not even in the same province.
posted by Goofyy at 4:41 AM on May 3, 2006

New Zealand is going to be fantastic to live in shortly, what with the Prime Minister's public acknowledgement of Peak Oil and all too. Go NZ!
posted by wildilocks at 5:21 AM on May 3, 2006

NZ always has been fantastic to live in.
posted by dydecker at 5:53 AM on May 3, 2006

Hi-res pron for Kiwis NOW!
posted by CynicalKnight at 7:39 AM on May 3, 2006

I have a few Kiwi friends now that have to be spending a lot of time dancing about in joy...

...yep, not a one of them will pick up the IM. Good for them.
posted by thanotopsis at 9:02 AM on May 3, 2006

This New Zealand... how is their immigration policy?
posted by IronLizard at 9:05 AM on May 3, 2006

posted by sonofsamiam at 9:35 AM on May 3, 2006

Yeah, I did. It showed in 2005 we finally managed to beat NZ. I suspect when (if) this page is updated to take account of the news in the 2nd article for 2006, my statement will still hold true.
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:39 PM on May 3, 2006

posted by Sparx at 2:53 PM on May 3, 2006

Now even the Kiwi's have faster interwebs than us Aussies.

It showed in 2005 we finally managed to beat NZ.

Which one?

My internet connection is faste enough and cheap enough for me. And it doesn't rely on telstra at all.
posted by wilful at 5:03 PM on May 3, 2006

I'm in Auckland, and I'm delighted about this news. We have a 3.5Mbps ADSL connection, 30GB international per month. Unlimited national. The only change I'd like to see is to get less A in the ADSL, it's got a ludicrous 128Kbps upstream speed.
posted by The Monkey at 9:19 PM on May 3, 2006

Stop bragging you Kiwi bastard!

I kid, I kid. Peace and love and all that.
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:02 PM on May 4, 2006

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