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  # 1026174 16-Apr-2014 13:00
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61339: ...though I fail to understand why surfing habits would change so dramatically over a wide demographic.

When everyone was on dialup, page designers and content developers carefully sized images for quick download due to the VERY limited bandwidth available.

As connections get faster, designers design more for quality and experience as the connection speed is less of a limitation. So to put it simply, perhaps 1000% more data needs to be moved to your machine to load the Herald's webpage than even 3yrs ago...

To extend on this, sites/services that auto-negotiate bitrates (in particular video streaming, or audio streaming) will now typically default to a higher bitrate than what you may be used to, also sites with autoplay videos (which deserve to burn!) will be grabbing said videos quicker and before you even realise.

Quite a noticeable jump going from uncabineted to cabineted ADSL2 the other month.

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  # 1026223 16-Apr-2014 14:10
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61339: [snip] The cost of broadband in NZ is somewhat inflated (trying to be nice about being continuously rorted by proxy)


I disagree.

Me too.

I believe we are better off than Australia, both in Value, and in Speed/Service.

Sure, there are some countries that Broadband is really fast and/or cheap, but they have economies of scale, and little reliance on massive submarine cables for their content.

I'll take living here thanks.

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