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  Reply # 587232 27-Feb-2012 10:12
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DonGould: I'm sorry, but the degree of stupid in this entire thread has just got past the point of even taking the whole issue seriously.

BB is going to rocket forward in over all performance over the next 12 months.

Anyone with even half a clue can see the foundation stones have been put down and now it's just a matter of the marketing and management departments catching up.

As MF alluded to above, fix the wiring, sort out what plan you need to be on, providers dump the dumb plans and a truck load of techs in every street in the country hooking people up.

If I had a tin foil hat on I'd say that Fry was paid to tweet the crap he tweeted just as a viral marketing exercise to drum up some awareness in the week the ComCom were having their conf in Auckland.

That would be nice if some of us could actually get some of the new services being offerred, still waiting...

You picked to live 7km from the exchange / cabinet


Rude as usual JohnR, I amazed that the communications team at Vodafone haven't shut you up yet.

Some people have to live in the rural setting and a good job too as they are providing a hevfty chunk of this countries GDP, for this I think they deserve better.

Not rude at all just stating a fact!
I could post that even if I did not work for Vodafone!

7k is too far from the ADSL kit for a good connection

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  Reply # 587365 27-Feb-2012 13:54
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There are some wealthy farmers I am sure but the majority of farmers live from year to year with a years profit being syphoned into paying off debt from bad years harvest. You have to remember that when they have a bad year it is outside of their control, they are subject to the forces of nature. Also when you look at the shiny new tractors you have to remember that these are their tools of trade that have to work otherwise no harvest etc.

I don't agree that they should be paying anymore than city dwellers for BB.

So, the internet isn't a tool of the trade, so therefore they don't need it right?

OTOH, if it IS vital to running their farm (or helping them do so) then they can fork out for it!


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  Reply # 587374 27-Feb-2012 14:00
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I can see both sides of this argument though I think it's an obscure branch of the OT and should have it's own thread. Farmers are pretty essential to our economy and they can't live in the middle of the CBD, but a line needs to be drawn and understanding needs to be given on both sides to understand the logistics behind providing Internet Access (It's not just farming related but Kids with homework and general life etc...

I don't think farmers fall into the same category as lifestylers who buy a block of land in Helensville and then complain about Internet.

Farmers don't really have a choice.

It's a difficult line to straddle.

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  Reply # 587950 28-Feb-2012 17:40
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sbiddle: Without knowing a lot more about his issue I don't think anybody can really comment.

Reality is 80% of NZ homes receive a minimum of 10Mbps DSL sync to the door. If you're not getting this you need to establish why - you're either outside a 10Mbps zone, your house wiring is dodgy (single biggest contributor to speed issues), or your ISP is hopeless.

I'm getting just over 8Mbps and I'm at the edge of the exchange coverage - one street away, about 100m along the road and I'd be on a cabinet.

Having said that, most of the time that isn't the limiting factor. The other day I was streaming a sports event broadcast from the USA in 720p via Youtube, with almost no visible buffering problems or any other degradation and at the same time chatting on a message board where quite a lot of US based viewers were complaining about the poor quality coverage.

Perhaps the time difference worked in my favour... mid afternoon for me so probably no local congestion, but evening in the USA (depending on time zone). I used to have problems with international sites in the evenings last year (on Orcon), but it has been a lot better in recent months.

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