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Hard News: The TVNZ 7 Internet Debate

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  • slarty,

    About this time in the electoral cycle all I can say is...

    ... not the comfy chair!

    Since Nov 2006 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • slarty,

    But seriously...

    I reckon the copyright question.

    And do the panel think there is a demonstrable, material link between economic growth and broadband coverage?

    Since Nov 2006 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'd be tempted to start with a technical question just to see if they have any idea of what they're talking about.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson,

    Regarding the mandatory isp level filtering in .au; last night I was told by a Telstra user that the same filters would be applied to all TelstraClear innanets whether they were for .au, .nz, .etc (on the basis of preserving corporate HQ direction I presume).

    Don't know the truth of it, but it would be interesting in a doom and gloom sort of way to see them do so.

    I also am keen to see the copyright question from I/S and questioning the intent for filtering as per previous commenters.

    It would be interesting to gauge the feeling of the participants re: whether the internet is officially a utility now, and further if being so it is a right of all NZ'ers to have access.

    If it is a right, how do we determine the quality of internet required and the price that is reasonable to ensure that said rights are met?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    Can't be there unfortunately but as others have said:

    1. peering
    2. peering
    3. ACTA

    and I liked I/Ss question about copyright.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    Oh bravo. Those floating question marks in Simon Pound's report were particularly inspired.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Excuse the dumb question but what is "peering"? Over the shoulder? Through a window? Surveillance of internet use??

    In respect of questions for the TVNZ7 panel, I would like something on where the internet fits with secondary schooling. Should it be an IT responsibility (which is more about finding your way around the computer/Web? Should it be a responsibility of Media Studies (NCEA Levels 2 & 3 + Scholarship), which is more about the politics of technology, evaluation of Web content, moral and ethical issues, the processes of convergence etc?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew E,

    174.77 x 41.28 • Since Sep 2008 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Excuse the dumb question but what is "peering"? Over the shoulder? Through a window? Surveillance of internet use??

    It's actually a really important issue for companies trying to deliver internet media.

    I explained it on Mediawatch in 2005.

    Nothing has improved.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    On the broadband/peering tip, something to do with their commitment to the provision of open access networks. Maybe their understanding of what an open access network is.

    On the digital divide, I'd like to know some specifics about the model they see working to bring broadband to our rural areas where DSL is not a goer, let alone fibre.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • Kim Griggs,

    Russell, my topic would be copyright - and how to resolve disputes. There is no simple way to do this in New Zealand. The Copyright Tribunal looks at only copyright collecting schemes, and whether they are good or badand the Dispute Tribunal has a specific exclusion for intellectual property disputes. But the whole tribunal system is now up for review - and it's proposed the Copyright Tribunal will be disestablished and its functions picked up to the District Court - but why not have the Copyright Tribunal rejigged so that it could look at copyright disputes?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 19 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Re: ACTA there have been a couple of leaks. I would direct you to wikileaks except it appears to currently be sploded, likely under the wieght of people wanting to see Sarah palin's inbox.

    here is the google cache on ACTA - handily, the page came up as a subhead when i did a search for wikileaks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Five! Five broad headings! Our chief weapon is surprise....

    Fantastic.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Grant Stone,

    Can't think of any questions, though it might be amusing to ask what browser they prefer. Wonder if Maurice Williamson will do a better job of talking tech than John Key's spectacular self-pwnage at Tech Ed the other week.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    "And this just in over IRC, a general question to all the panellists:
    Has you got mah bukkit?"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Roger,

    (1) Peering - We really do have to do something about this, is it really back to 2005 that you wrote about this Russell?

    (2) Cost of international bandwidth - stories of people resorting to portable drives and flights to LA because Air NZ is cheaper than email are just ridiculous

    (3) Market demand - Is there really enough market demand to sustain such large promissed taxpayer funded spends? Evidence the customer split between entry level ADSL service and full speed plans for the various ISPs, and the slow take up of fibre even when it is offered.

    Hamilton • Since Jun 2007 • 179 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The burning issues as I see them:

    1) International bandwidth - There needs to be another undersea cable running, for instance from Kapiti to Sydney, or Castlepoint to Fiji/Honolulu.
    2) Traffic caps - Broadband speed isn't the most critical factor, but rather traffic caps. A hangover of the dial-up volume charging era.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5416 posts Report Reply

  • Thrash Cardiom,

    I'd be interested in some deep and searching questions being asked about the sector that provides over 20% of exports from NZ but which is going to be left out of the Fibre to 85%/90%/95% of the population.

    Should rural areas really be left on the outer edges considering their contribution to the economy?

    CHB • Since Nov 2006 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Re: ACTA there have been a couple of leaks. I would direct you to wikileaks except it appears to currently be sploded, likely under the wieght of people wanting to see Sarah palin's inbox.

    Which I must say is rubbish, at least in so far as what the perpetrators have published.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    LOVE
    KIM
    HILL

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Re: ACTA there have been a couple of leaks.

    I started a wiki when I first learned of ACTA in June. I've put up a copy of my submission to MED, and also my Big Fun Time(tm) in getting any info out of MED. Also some links to other areas. If you're going to the Software Freedom Day event in Welly on Saturday, I should be leading a discussion on it at the barcamp.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    PS Don Christie and I had a meeting with Judith Tizard and her officials that was less than informative. I have also emailed the political Trade spokespersons (or reasonably facsimile thereof) for their party's view on ACTA. I'll post the result on the wiki once they've come in.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • David Hamilton,

    2) Traffic caps - Broadband speed isn't the most critical factor, but rather traffic caps. A hangover of the dial-up volume charging era.

    I thought it was quite funny how everyone was up in arms about Comcast's 250GB per month cap in the states.

    I live on the rural outskirts and my internet speed is diabolically slow. I believe the plan is uncapped now but I may as well be on a 256Kbps one, especially in the evening. Once I can watch a youtube movie in real time I'll agree about the speed being more important than the caps. However, I do agree that caps less than 10GB are just silly, especially Xtra's ridiculous 200MB basic plan.

    Hamiltron • Since Nov 2006 • 111 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    You could ask what they think of the ICT industry uniting against section 92A of the new Copyright Act.

    <i>Sarah palin's inbox.</i>

    Which I must say is rubbish

    Indeed. Still, it might remind people not to base their security on questions that can be answered from publicly available information.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    @Lyndon
    I'm sure they'll be very effective. </sarcasm>

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

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