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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 16 July 2002

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


From: Joe
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Re: Who's Sleeping With Who Here?

Nice Article, Bruce.

Only a few comments I can make (most likely won't be
considered constructive, just the truth)

Governments make laws.

But places like Telecom and Microsoft play by the 'Golden
Rule'.."They who have the gold make the rules".
Its been this way ever since mankind learned the word "sell
and economy"

Rules are laws..Enough on that point.

Its been stated before the reason for a business is to make
money. Fair Enough. But it seems is more to the point with
some that "We aren't out to make our customers (or make the
ones that made us rich) happy, we are out to make money"

In my humble opionion most of the 'Telecommunications Act'
(TA) is a farce. It would be interesting to see who would
be benefitting on increased revenue for Telecom other than
Telecom or anything else in the TA. I'm sure it wouldn't
be 'Joe Average'.

It will also be interesting to see what other zingers
Telecom will come up with to put into an Act that was
supposed to 'level the playing field' but seems to be
having the opposite effect.

There is an old saying that still rings true "The richer
get richer and the poorer get poorer"

But this is all just wasted air.. we can bitch about it,
but if we try to do something about it, well, sorry, we
don't have enough gold to make the rules..

From: robert rozee
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: it's not easy being telecom

i feel so sorry for Telecom, profits disappearing
everywhere they look. only a few weeks ago a gentleman from
Telecom Mobile was explaining to me how Telecom simply
could not afford to keep subsidising the analog cellphone
network (that many rural people rely upon), and so would
have to bump up my monthly line rental by 33%.

the only alternative is for us all to try and relieve
Telecom of some of their troublesome and uneconomic
customer base. for mobile phones, there is Vodafone's GSM
network (although inferior to analog, far superior to
Telecom's CDMA offerings where the call quality is
described as 'like the person on the mobile end is talking
from a disused toilet block somewhere in France')

as for internet access, there is always 802.11b. with base
stations having ranges of up to 1000 metres, a 'mesh' of a
few hundred briefcase-sized base stations could cover an
entire city; by limiting per channel bandwidth to 64k
traffic volume could be kept manageable, and i am sure that
Telstra/Clear would be more than interested in providing
(for a fair price) the drop links from the radio network
down to the internet backbone. the base stations could be
placed atop street lights, possibly with landline links
back to Telstra/Clear piggybacked over the existing power
wiring for the lights.

with a bit of ingenuity one could even look at providing
voice over ip services and roaming between base stations
for mobile applications. in the end, kind of what Indranet
(www.indranet.co.nz) would like to do, but using off-the-
shelf hardware, and today. burried copper could be rendered
on the whole... obsolete. it can be done, now!

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