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michaelmurfy
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  #1176489 15-Nov-2014 21:56
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Please don't let this turn into another Outram thread. Look into some Wireless providers around your area, go to Vodafone RBI or stop complaining. Sorry to sound evil and all but it has already all been explained in the Outram thread over and over again.




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  #1176490 15-Nov-2014 22:01
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MagicSquirrel: RBI is not good enough for working from home around here.
Vodafone cell tower south of Pirongia mountain works fine during the winter but was cutting off at least once a week last summer.
One of there parents at school is involved with that as he gets outage notifications when milking stations lose connection and gets outage details from Vodafone later on.
Most of the times it is same story - overheating. We were wondering how hard can it be to either sort out a shade or solar powered ventilation system to keep bloody thing from overheating.

A friend of mine just moved to Kinloch, near Taupo for family reasons. She works from home too and was in a similar situation - ADSL1 on a Conklin, which was slow and unreliable. She needed decent connectivity and a T-Stick and/or Vodem wouldn't cut it. I suggested RBI wireless (not 3G/4G which I suspect you're thinking of - this involves an antenna installed on your house), she got VF out who tested the signal and found it to be excellent, so she got it installed on the spot. She's had a great connection ever since.
So, the moral of the story is, if you can get wireless RBI (with a decent signal) I would take a serious look at it.

 
 
 
 


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  #1176795 16-Nov-2014 14:53
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Check out lightwire.co.nz (formerly no.8 wireless) Their towers appear to cover most of Pironga township. 10/3 Mbps will beat anything you'll get from DSL by the sound of it.

Amazes me how quickly (rural) people are to complain about their internet speed, often with exploring all available options. If it really matters you find a way to make it work.... which explains why I'm in the process of wirelessly relaying a fibre connection to my own rural location (at considerable expense!)

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  #1176906 16-Nov-2014 17:32
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Lightwire seems to have pretty good plans, definitely worth of co considering. We have also been considering setting up our little private wireless company link from the top of the Farmers building to our place in the village. Project has been on back burner as things got better after changing from Slingshot to Vodafone and I'd much rather see a solution that benefits whole village rather than just sort our my internet. 
Imo RBI should be primary option for people living on really rural areas, not for people living less than 2km from school with fibre.

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  #1176918 16-Nov-2014 17:55
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MagicSquirrel: Lightwire seems to have pretty good plans, definitely worth of co considering. We have also been considering setting up our little private wireless company link from the top of the Farmers building to our place in the village. Project has been on back burner as things got better after changing from Slingshot to Vodafone and I'd much rather see a solution that benefits whole village rather than just sort our my internet. 
Imo RBI should be primary option for people living on really rural areas, not for people living less than 2km from school with fibre.


The fact somebody lives within 2km of a school from fibre means very little in the context of this conversation.

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  #1176919 16-Nov-2014 18:00
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Was just about to post what Steve did, living 2km from a school with fibre has zero to do with a consumer home internet connection, Its like over the years I have heard many times I can see the sky tower why is mobile coverage in my house low / poor

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  #1176946 16-Nov-2014 19:00
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MagicSquirrel: Lightwire seems to have pretty good plans, definitely worth of co considering. We have also been considering setting up our little private wireless company link from the top of the Farmers building to our place in the village. Project has been on back burner as things got better after changing from Slingshot to Vodafone and I'd much rather see a solution that benefits whole village rather than just sort our my internet. 
Imo RBI should be primary option for people living on really rural areas, not for people living less than 2km from school with fibre.


I'm trying really hard not to be totally condescending or angry but how much more rural do you think you should be? As a village of 450 odd houses there is zero return for anyone providing fixed line broadband access to your community. You live in a very rural village and you are obviously ok paying more for groceries in the village, as well as not having access to all the facilities you do in town. Why should internet be different?

RBI is a very good service, yes it costs more money, but you do live in a very rural village. Urban Internet users have paid for you to have an RBi upgrade, which you don't seem interested in. Why should the rest of us subsidise you any more?

 
 
 
 


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  #1178086 18-Nov-2014 19:37
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Handle9:

I'm trying really hard not to be totally condescending or angry but how much more rural do you think you should be? As a village of 450 odd houses there is zero return for anyone providing fixed line broadband access to your community. You live in a very rural village and you are obviously ok paying more for groceries in the village, as well as not having access to all the facilities you do in town. Why should internet be different?

RBI is a very good service, yes it costs more money, but you do live in a very rural village. Urban Internet users have paid for you to have an RBi upgrade, which you don't seem interested in. Why should the rest of us subsidise you any more?



Lightwire seems to provide RBI pretty much same price as Vodafone fixed line so cost is not a factor. I need to do bit more digging on that to figure out how it handles the load if half of the village decides to go with RBI.

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As for you subsiding us leeches outside cities; I can come up with couple of excuses why some of the profits of Telco companies could be used to improve Infrastructure out at wopwops.
To ease up pressure on housing market, to make NZ more attractive to high tech companies and because somehow some countries have managed to provide affordable and fast internet to rural areas without city dwellers crying out being ripped off (Sweden and Finland for example)

I suspect in countries above building network was paid partly by government but as end result they brewed up companies like Skype, Spotify, Rovio, Supercell etc.
We can be proud of cows and sheep and fast internet in cities, for which you pay only 3 times more than Swedes or Finns.

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  #1178090 18-Nov-2014 19:49
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MagicSquirrel:
As for you subsiding us leeches outside cities; I can come up with couple of excuses why some of the profits of Telco companies could be used to improve Infrastructure out at wopwops



You mean the model we have now? All the major Telco companies in NZ already contribute around $50 million per year already to subsidise funding of rural customer - are you suggesting this be increased? And if so why?

Chorus are an infrastructure provider not a Telco but are still stuck paying this levy.

And like a stuck record I'll repeat the very same comment I post in every thread on this issue - what did the MBIE and Commerce Commission say when you contacted them about your issues? Broadband is a regulated service under their control. They are the only people here who can influence what products we see in the marketplace. The product you're getting meets their service requirements - so if you want to see better you should be telling them this.








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  #1178095 18-Nov-2014 19:54
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I would be more for the government funding better rural broadband, rather than it falling on the telcos. If the population were better distributed around NZ, it would at least partly solve the hosuing affordability problems, and the big bubbles.

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  #1178128 18-Nov-2014 20:44
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sbiddle:
MagicSquirrel:
As for you subsiding us leeches outside cities; I can come up with couple of excuses why some of the profits of Telco companies could be used to improve Infrastructure out at wopwops



You mean the model we have now? All the major Telco companies in NZ already contribute around $50 million per year already to subsidise funding of rural customer - are you suggesting this be increased? And if so when?



This. We are already subsidising you. It's called RBI.

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