NZ Herald inaccurate reporting yet again!

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 25-Jan-2007 08:54

Jenny Keown has done it yeat again - written a story full of a few facts and then.. FUD

In the story entitled "She's a multi-millionaire and still can't get broadband" it seems that Jenny Gibbs who is worth $30 and lives on Paratai Drive has been trying to get "broadband" for 2 years but can't because the Remuera Exchange is full - even though Telecom said that they only ran out of ports late last year.


It seems that Ms Keown is unaware that Broadband is not a TM of Telecom NZ and that there are other ways of getting "broadband" high speed internet access in Paratai Drive.

How about trying

* Vodafone
* Woosh Wireless
* Wired Country offered by numerous ISP's


I am sure there are other wireless providers who can also provide access - post them as a comment if you want the business! :-)




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Comment by rscole86, on 25-Jan-2007 09:55

I just took time out from my busy morning :p and looked on woosh's website and found that wireless is not an option for her, and wired is available but further checks are needed.

According to Wired Country its highly likely she can get broadband.

And Vodafones 3g broadband also looks very good, but might be just in the black spot.

According to Xnet it is available.

And orcon may even be able to get her satalite broadband, depending on where her house is ofcourse.

Maybe becuase they used her house in an advert she gets dicounts? like unlimited free dial-up


Comment by mule, on 25-Jan-2007 10:18

Another error in the story - I thought David Skilling was the Chief Executive of the NZ Institute, not the Consumers Institute!!!


Comment by juha, on 25-Jan-2007 10:23

"Jenny Gibbs who is worth $30 and lives on Paratai Drive"

Wonder how she managed to buy a house on Paratai Drive then? :)


Comment by juha, on 25-Jan-2007 10:24

Also, let Jenny know... Keown, not Gibbs.


Author's note by sbiddle, on 25-Jan-2007 10:47

"Jenny Gibbs who is worth $30 and lives on Paratai Drive"

Wonder how she managed to buy a house on Paratai Drive then? :)


Weren't there a couple of state houses on Paratai Drive as well? The fact she's worth $30 million was just a scandelous headline. The story wouldn't have sounded so good if it mentioned a family who live in a state house in Auckland aren't able to get broadband.


Comment by mule, on 25-Jan-2007 10:51

Another error in the story - I thought David Skilling was the Chief Executive of the NZ Institute, not the Consumers Institute!!!


Comment by stacey1122, on 25-Jan-2007 10:55

can someone confirm if vodafone 3g broadband is in her area or is it in a blackspot? johnr? paul brislen?what about telecom wireless broadband?


Comment by rscole86, on 25-Jan-2007 11:05

According to smaps location of her house and the 3g map on voadfones website she is unable to get their broadband service.


Comment by Grant17, on 25-Jan-2007 12:45

I'm sure she could get Wired Country broadband as you can see the Sky Tower all along Paritai Drive.

Yet another Herald journalist who hasn't bothered to do their research.

It's exactly as Steve says above:

"Ms Keown is unaware that Broadband is not a TM of Telecom NZ and that there are other ways of getting "broadband" high speed internet access in Paratai Drive."


Comment by juha, on 25-Jan-2007 13:03

If you read the story, you'll see what Jenny Keown picked up on was :

"She may be famous, worth $30 million and connected to Telecom's top brass but Jenny Gibbs is still unable to get broadband at home."

The story goes on to talk about how Telecom used Jenny Gibbs' Piha home for TVCs, and how she's chosen not to use her influence at the telco to get DSL.

I think that's quite a nice irony really: Paratai Drive has arguably not only the country's most expensive real estate, but also very high-value demographics and people living there well-connected with Telecom.

Despite that and demand, Telecom doesn't appear to be hurrying up to invest in supplying people with its broadband. That's interesting, because it shows that Telecom is reluctant to invest in general, and not just in rural/provincial areas as it has stated in the past.

It'd be a very myopic and literal reading of the story to get stuck on the "broadband" definition and write off (ha!) the entire article because of that...


Comment by bradstewart, on 25-Jan-2007 15:41

The saga continues http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=49&TopicId=11472


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