Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 19 December 2001
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From: Gerbs For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Wireless broadband I'm in favor of this idea, because I'm waaaaaaaay the hell out in the country, and aside from Ihugs overpriced ultra deal, theres no chance of hi-speed internet - especially 2way 'net. The problem is installing a nationwide service - unless we could use say, the TVNZ repeater system (it has nearly NZ wide coverage) the cost of installing a system would be prohibitive. I can imagine a huge interest from the rural/farming communities if say, a flatrate system similar to telecoms JetStart (128k each way) was available. Thats not excessive bandwidth, and would sure as hell beat dialup in remote areas (I connect at speeds less than 19200bps) due to electric fence noise on telephone wires. With all the geeks in NZ, and more specifically, geeks in outlying areas with very low connection speed, surely we can make something like this work. We have the knowledge of what to do (where would the world be without us??) and theres obviously some financial gain to be made by a person dedicated to the idea. Geeks of NZ, UNITE! :) From: Lonney Harper For : The Editor (not for publication) Subj: Your idea is flawed. A ham operated public data network cant work. Interesting Idea....I have been involved in ham radio for the last 8 years on and off. I have has some involvement in the operation of VHF and UHF repeaters and a system called the National Link, this is a single channel analogue voice network that covers New Zealand from Kaitaia to Bluff. This link has taken several years to get basic coverage; it often has broken links with-in the linked system. Unlike the Internet itís a single link and when it breaks it breaks till someone has the spare time to fix it. All the same the link is an amazing thing when working well. However I doubt that a group of people only a very few of which have the knowledge and skill will be interested in a data network to provide the masses with internet access, for one its public data being generated by the un licensed general public travelling on a system / frequencies that require an Armature radio operators certificate to transmit on. So your idea is flawed.Hit Reload For Latest Comments
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