Have Net-Interconnect Fees Really Been Nixed?
12 October 2000 Edition|
Yesterday morning I received a call from Ross Inglis, the guy at Clear who
keeps the media informed. He told me that the news media
were labouring under a misconception in respect to the matter of interconnect
revenues for Internet calls.
According to Mr Inglis, interconnect revenues are still alive and well, and
Clear are honouring their contracts with free ISPs to ante-up with their
share of the money.
The misunderstanding has come about, I was told, because the interconnect fees
have become a part of the monolithic settlement under which Clear will pay
Telecom $35 million over the next 12 months to cover
interconnects plus many other fees and costs.
I guess I can see how Mr Inglis is able to justify the stance that interconnect
fees are still alive and well -- but I'll be trying to get Telecom's spin on
the matter later today just in case they see it differently.
It is also interesting to note that free ISP
seem to be worried about something. Worried enough to take a big ad
in today's Herald so as to promote a letter to Dr Cullen pushing the
case for a Telecommunications Regulator to be appointed.
I tell you what -- the push for a "new economy" can't be hurting the NZ Herald's
ad revenues any. It appears that you're nobody these days unless you've aired
your views by way of a honking great newspaper advertisement!
It Must Be True -- I Read It On The Net
It has become increasingly apparent in recent times that a growing number of
people have become disillusioned with the quality and depth of news coverage
provided by our traditional broadcasters and publishers.
Television news comes under consistent fire for being shallow and
dumbed-down to meet the needs of people who are simply too tired to change
the channel while waiting for The Holmes Show or The Nanny to screen.
Newspapers are not immune to criticism either. Even the most prominent
NZ Newspaper, the NZ Herald is seemingly subject to the occasional display of
bias and inaccuracy. Witness
published earlier in the week in which it is stated:
"Military-style semi-automatic weapons - used in mass
shootings here and in Australia - are already banned from
coming into New Zealand, and those already here can be
sold only to the Government."
In my opinion this is a disgraceful example of bias and bad reporting
unbecoming of a news publisher with the pedigree and reputation of the Herald.
Why was Australia mentioned? Could it be solely in order to use the
word "shootings" instead of "shooting"?
A little research by the reporters concerned would have also revealed that
it's still quite legal for holders of E-category firearms licenses to buy
and sell their MSSA rifles providing the transaction is registered with
police. One can't help but get the impression that this piece was perhaps
ghost-written by the anti-gun lobby.
However, I'm afraid that if you're planning to turn to the Internet for a
higher quality of reliable news you're going to be out of luck.
Most online news sites are reliant on the same sources as their print and
broadcast peers but also suffer from the pressures associated with having
to compete with hundreds of other news sites all trying to be "first" with
Then, as Bill Gates will tell you (see the news-link below), there's always
the chance that what you read has been posted by a hacker and bears absolutely
no relation to the truth.
That Draft Paper On The New Economy
Thanks to all those who have already contributed their comments, critiques and
suggestions to the draft paper on fostering a "new economy" I've published
Surprisingly enough I've had several emails from citizens of other countries
including the USA, England and Australia who have all said that such policies
wouldn't go astray in strengthening their own "new economy" activities.
If you've not yet voiced your opinion then please tell me what you think.
Thanks also to those who have sent emails acknowledging that I've contributed
some help to their own "new economy" enterprises. I could do with more --
remember that I want to be recognised as someone who's doing his best to
stimulate this new economy and not just as a critic of existing
As always, your feedback is welcomed.