y’know how we pay some of the highest prices in the world for telephone and internet services..(plus as far as internet is concerned, dismally low roll-out of cheap(ha!), fast broadband….?
this of course is down to the duopoly controlling telecommunications here..with competition stifled by the charges telecom demands of potential newcomers to use its’ network..
well britain had similar problems, (note i say had).
they have now enacted sweeping legislation which releases the stranglehold british telecom had by owning the infrastructure, (sound familiar?)
this now levels the telecommunications playing field over there, and promises major benefits for the punters in both cost and service as market forces take hold..
this regime is so strict, that breaches by british telecom will see their executives jailed..cor!
good one, eh?..and a model for us to follow, eh?
it’s about time we stopped them gouging us, just because they can…
btw..the mainstream media, (newsprint especially), has much to fear with the prospect of cheap, fast, broadband for all..
i saw an interview with the australian publishing guru ita buttrose, (she was the first women to be appointed editor of a major daily in australia)..
buttrose was asked to predict the future of newspapers, as we know them..
she was unequivocal and matter of fact in her assertion that cheap, fast broadband for all was effectively the death knell for the daily print media, and magazines; as we know it..
and on a personal/anecdotal level, i have to say that as a daily newsprint addict for most of my life, it is quite liberating to no longer have to wash ink off my hands after getting my daily news fix….(plus no mountains of dead trees to have to get rid of)..
i mean, if you can just click on a screen, scan the headlines to see anything of interest to you, and then just click to go elsewhere for equally valid views/information, why would you bother going to all the inconvenience and cost of an encounter with a large, unwieldy, messy newspaper.?
and of course media players like the nz herald wont disappear..they will just become totally electronic..
it wont happen overnight..but it will happen..eh?