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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 3 January 2002

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


From: Alan Waller
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: line rentals increase

Sir in regards to increases in telephone line rentals.It
does not cost Telecom anything for somebody to be on the
internet.There is no power used,you are not wearing
anything out,plus you are getting revenue from the ISP
concerned,plus you can sell a heavy user a extra line.So
much for the government to want a knowledge economy,if
telecom has their way the local punter will not be able to
afford to go on the internet.Regards PS Telstra/Clear has
no problems with internet users.

From: Robert Skilton
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: The Phone Co

Todays editorial pretty well sums it up about Telecom and
their attitude.In the area of DSL Ccts where we live it is
at present a none event and most likely to be a non
event.They would rather have the local community stump up
the money to install a broadband system for the schools etc
in the area and then they can walk away at little cost if
it falls over.Refer central Otago and the setup there
We have had numerous problems with internet connections in
this area over the last year or so with slow 56k connect
times ,hanging, and drop offs etc etc, and I live less than
1 kilometre from the local exchange.Rural clients of mine
are wrapped if they get a 30k connect.And yes I have
installed a 2nd line to accomodate my kids wishes and to
keep the domestic peace in the household
Local Southland ISP SouthNet are to install a high speed
wireless connection in Te Anau very soon so it will be
interesting to see how that runs in the town area.Not true
broadband but hopefully better than the current dial up
service being offered currently.I did have the pleasure to
PLAY on a Cable connection in Melbourne earlier this year
and came away drooling/salivating and disapointed at the
same time because I cannot/will not get access to this
quick of an internet connection at my home,hell I would
even pay for it at Telecom rates.
As you say they do not bleat about the people who have
installed a 2nd line for the INTERNET that they so actively
market and encourage!!! people to do.I havent seen them
asking people to disconnect these lines as they are
overloading the NETWORK.
As a matter of interest I had an extended period of
employment with the Post Office/Telecom(20+ yrs)and the
best thing they did was make me redundant so its not sour

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