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# 161990 26-Jan-2015 12:33
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[I am posting this under NZ Broadband rather than Spark because it does not relate specifically to Spark]

An interesting discussion on Internet pricing was broadcast on Nine to Noon this morning (Monday 26 Jan 2015):

Internet more expensive for almost everyone in 2015   (20′ 05″)

09:08  "Telecommunications companies are being criticised for following each other's lead in putting up internet prices, despite a Commerce Commission decision that lowered the wholesale price for the copper network. Spark, Vodafone and Callplus - which represent 94 percent of the residential internet market - have all, in recent weeks, put up their prices for home internet packages for 2015 by as much as five dollars dollars a month. The companies say it was due to the outcome of the Commerce Commission's process, which is mandated by the Telecommunications Act. So should that lengthy, complex legislative process be changed? And should New Zealanders be paying more for internet in 2015, rather than less? "

Andrew Cushen is the Work Programme Director for Internet NZ, and Chris Quin is the chief executive for Spark Home, Mobile and Business.

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20150126-0908-internet_more_expensive_for_almost_everyone_in_2015-048.mp3




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Good podcast.
P.S. Just visited slingshot site and realized that they discounted prices for naked broadband from $90 to $75. And didn't tell me that still charging $90. Also they included 500GB on Mega. 

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  # 1222455 26-Jan-2015 15:13
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Internet quality is improving, providers have to put more money into their network to better provide high speed services, plans are of low margin and whilst the general Copper price has gone down bandwidth pricing hasn't.

That is my take on it anyway. They're businesses and have to somehow make money but in general our internet prices are not that bad at all.




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