Dotcom proposes free internet for NZ

SIMON DAY
Last updated 09:19 04/11/2012
SPIED ON: Millionaire internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.
Reuters
MULTIMILLIONAIRE: Kim Dotcom proposes better internet deal for all New Zealanders.

Relevant offers

Digital Living

Why some people are bad at Facebook Possibly NZ's oldest Facebook user, Jean Leslie talks tech, life and friendship Broadband use skyrockets on back of streaming and online gaming Mark Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads that automation will take jobs, and it's up to millennials to create more Google wants to know when users, tempted by an online advert, go to the shops Leaked: hundreds of internal Facebook documents on sex, violence, and terrorism Businessman's ransom nightmare at the hands of cyber hackers Instagram is the worst social network for young people's mental health Google's focus on AI means it will get even deeper into our lives Computer course helping 'digitally disadvantaged' saves ailing mother's family

Controversial internet tycoon Kim Dotcom is promising free broadband for all New Zealanders, possibly alongside Trade Me founder Sam Morgan.

Dotcom yesterday tweeted: "I will relaunch Pacific Fibre. Free broadband for all Kiwi's [sic]."

Pacific Fibre was the company part-launched by Morgan in 2010 to build an ambitious 13,000 kilometre high-speed fibre-optic cable connecting New Zealand and Australia to California.

It was to have been the second such cable and would have brought competition to the market, pushing down broadband prices. But the company ceased operations in August after failing to find the required $400 million of funding.

Morgan, who was chairman of Pacific Fibre, said: "I haven't talked to him [Dotcom] but I would be happy to have a chat. I'm keen to see it happen. It is an extremely important piece of infrastructure. What we really need is a cornerstone investor with a couple of hundred million dollars."

Dotcom recently announced the relaunch his megaupload digital storage site - shut down in January by US authorities, who then persuaded New Zealand police to launch an armed raid on his mansion north of Auckland.

The Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand believes Dotcom could be the money man Morgan needs to revive Pacific Fibre.

"This is exactly the sort of thing we need. Someone who is high profile internationally to get it going," said CEO Paul Brislen.

The increased broadband capacity would attract large international digital companies and give New Zealand businesses greater access to international markets.

"New Zealand needs this to help move from a primary industry economy to a digital based economy," Brislen said.

Ad Feedback

- Sunday Star Times

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content