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  #890495 5-Sep-2013 18:38
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Well I'm guessing this wont be coming to Wellington since it's coming to a town. I wish my internet was super fast.

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  #890519 5-Sep-2013 19:08
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IIRC Dunedin is eligible due to size, but Christchurch is too large. also Christchurch is being done by Enable, not Chorus.

As per the FAQs some large city could be split into small regions/towns...





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  #890624 5-Sep-2013 20:57
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heh, someone lucky will get gigabit, and someone will have just adsl for 5 more years -___-


Just interesting, who needs the gigabit channel at home? O_O 




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  #890650 5-Sep-2013 21:43
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Kirdog: heh, someone lucky will get gigabit, and someone will have just adsl for 5 more years -___-


Just interesting, who needs the gigabit channel at home? O_O 


needs, wants, very hard to tell the two indifferent sometimes.. if you had the option at a reasonable price, wouldnt you?




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  #890672 5-Sep-2013 23:01
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I reckon it'll be businesses pushing it, that or a town that wants to attract the Kim Dotcoms of the world to emigrate. The point, to me anyway, will be innovative brainstorming on what exactly you could do with a gigabit connection. A creative, practical, and most importantly good-looking-for-chorus idea will win the day.

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#890760 6-Sep-2013 10:06
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freitasm: More details will come soon. Towns will have to organise themselves to put a proposal forward.

"Heroes" is a term we came up with during our discussions last night. Those will be leaders that will work to put those proposals together, interact with community, etc. They'll be the leaders in each community - and that's something that will happen naturally.

Of course in some places there will be a "natural" thought-leader that will battle for things to happen to their own towns (eh, think rod Drury lobbying hard for Napier to be the "gigatown" for example).


Great that'll certainly count Napier out then as our leaders couldn't organise a route in a knocking shop let alone anything this fantastic for the community

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  #890762 6-Sep-2013 10:13
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It will depend on who/how things are driven. Councils may help (or actually block things if they're dumb) but I think the community itself is going to be the major force at play here.




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  #890789 6-Sep-2013 10:54
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Athlonite:
Great that'll certainly count Napier out then as our leaders couldn't organise a route in a knocking shop let alone anything this fantastic for the community


I think most small towns are the same, unless they think faster broadband will help them dig coal out of the ground I don't see the Greymouth council or community organising around something like this.

I am betting that Tim Shadbolt is going to be all over this for Invercargill however.

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  #890987 6-Sep-2013 16:00
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From the NBR:
UPDATE: A number of readers asked if the competition would cover the winning town's business fibre users. Chorus says at this point it's likely to be only residential customers who get 1 gigabit fibre at an enty-level UFB price (which would be around $70).

I hope that businesses also have the same sort of service (abeit not quite at entry level costs, but still cheaper than other locations), otherwise this promotion is significantly less useful and makes the economic comparison to chatanooga pointless and false.

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  #891015 6-Sep-2013 16:54
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So this town will get a better service than everyone else, but for the same price? If it was just a private business (chorus) putting up the money for this fine, but if chorus want to discriminate geographically for purely self-promotional reasons then I hope that at the very least CFH isn't giving chorus any extra money to do this.

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  #891026 6-Sep-2013 17:11
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meh! Only chorus towns need apply. 

I think its a waste of time unless it is a nationwide thing. 

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  #891033 6-Sep-2013 17:36
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It amazes me they are doing something to promote and show the future and people put it down.

When Google was doing something similar in the US the same folks were calling then visionaries, and complaining things like that don't happen in New Zealand.

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  #891039 6-Sep-2013 17:58
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I'm all for it. I'd rather it were happening here in my central Auckland suburb though. :)

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  #891040 6-Sep-2013 18:00
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When we're looking at artifically high prices for a degrading copper service, while chorus makes high profits and shows off their latest toys that only some select fancy pants gets to play with, damn right I'm not impressed. As I said, if it was just chorus then fine, that's capitalism for you. But when it becomes public infrastructure I expect a more even handed approach. Frankly the public deserves to know that CFH isn't funding a private companies toys.

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  #891044 6-Sep-2013 18:10
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Well, to counter that, I'm all in favour! And hopefully the newly-formed "Invest Bay of Plenty" is too!

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