Kim Dotcom has some ambitious ideas for NZ:
Dotcom trumpets free fibre
Controversial internet tycoon Kim Dotcom is promising free broadband for all New Zealanders, possibly alongside Trade Me founder Sam Morgan. Dotcom yesterday tweeted: “I will relaunch Pacific Fibre. Free broadband for all Kiwi’s [sic].”
The Herald has more concrete details. Not quite free – but close:
He would provide New Zealand internet service providers such as Telecom and Vodafone with free access for individual customers and charge a fee to business and central government.
Kiwis would still be charged a fee by the internet companies, but it would be as low as one-fifth of current bandwidth plans and three to five times faster with no transfer limits.
Ultra-cheap broadband? That would be handy. If he pulls it off, Dotcom is going to put our local entrepreneurs to shame – not to mention our government. He’s also going to make himself rather popular with NZ. Interesting times.
[Post updated with Herald details.]