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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 9 October 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Geoff Pooch
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Rural DSL

I wonder if you would be able to use wireless DSL style,
like Robert X Cringely has installed. (an 802.11b system)

Have a look at:

Presumably it would work in NZ, the 802.11b spectrum is

Could we envisage a whole network of rural dwellers
with solar powered 802.11b repeaters on top of their water
on the highest peaks of their properties?
By joves, it could just work...
I was reading of such a thing happening in (I think)
where totally free roaming access will be available
for Palm users etc. A damn sight cheaper than CDMA etc.
(Well... perhaps they weren't using water tanks, but you
get the general idea).

From: Grant
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: rural internet

You have touched on a topic that is close to home for a lot
of us enjoying life outside city areas. If Telecom is
reading this, can you please note that we would like
Jetstream in the Warkworth exchange, as it is sometimes
faster to drive to Auckland and deliver a disc in person,
than send a large email. I'm too busy running my business
to be a boffin who cares to deal with dishes, internet cell
phones etc (and I don't understand the obtuse ads on TV for
fast internet service-what's the bottom line?), I'm just a
mere end user who is quite willing to pay my good money for
a quality service that works, why not provide it?  Instead
of requiring a certain number of people to sign up first,
as is apparently required, why not install the service,
then market it, you may be pleasantly surprised Telecom.

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