The Wairoa District Council is planning a metropolitan WiFi network for the town. Who owns the backhaul out of Wairoa? I presume there is fibre between Napier and Gisborne, but is it open for new wholesalers or retailers to use? The reason I ask is that the council's plan is to rate residents whether they use the new service or not. This will allow the council to undercut the existing suppliers and so make Chorus's copper system redundant. I can't see why Chorus should be happy with this, and simultaneously offer access to the backhaul out of the town.
This whole document and business model has been written by somebody who is clearly so far outside their realm of knowledge it's truly unbelievable - and has obviously sucked the council into thinking it's actually a good idea.
Thanks again for the rapid replies. Here is a link to the proposal. http://www.wairoadc.govt.nz/docs/council_services/ltp/2015/4%20-%20Wairoa%20Wi-Fi%20(low%20res).pdf The PDF file is a Powerpoint presentation and there are lots of slides that just set the scene. Skip on to Page 28 and go from there. The District Council have put this proposal into their draft 10 year plan.
I'm all for people having grand visions, but just because somebody has an idea doesn't mean it's a good one. What they propose has so many fundamental issues that it would never ever be able actually work well at all.
It's the sort of concept that 10 years ago when people thought WiFi was a great idea and it was in it's growth phase would have been deployed - and was deployed. Right now it's just sinking money down the drain.
LennonNZ: I laughed when it said "70% of issues will typically be fixed with reboot"
I just came here to say this. When I read that line I knew for sure everything else before was just some rambling.
The ongoing costs, the "free webhosting", the mixed MB/s with Mbps... Everything is just so crazy, it's kind of unbelievable.
Having Facebook available to everyone won't bring business to town. Saying "possibilities are endless" won't bring business to town.
The document says "100 Mbps is five times more than needed for a home" and the town already have VDSL, so this is covered. And VDSL is a lot better than WiFi. Not sure what other problem they are trying to solve then.