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Over four years ago I wrote a column in which I expressed my fear that the new UFB network would be crippled by the effect of IP-based video entertainment services.
Will IPTV cripple the UFB network(23 March, 2011).
Oh dear... it seems my concerns were very real and valid, as reported in Stuff's Businessday section last week: Evening broadband hit by 'Netflix effect'
How wonderful it is that while the government is investing huge amounts of taxpayers' money on creating a world-class digital communications network throughout the country, consumers are turning it into little more than another way to get their "fix" of reality TV.
As someone who uses the Net as a tool for earning a living, the fact that in recent weeks I've been faced with speeds that, at times, are little better than dial-up is intensely frustrating.
So what is going to be done to remedy this situation? Again, I have a prediction and it's not one that many folk are going to like.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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