Broadband service in NZ is expensive and slow. And I’m still not sure how anyone can compete with NZ Telecom.
At Wellington Road, we are able to use TelstraClear, which offers cheaper, faster broadband service in our area.
But a recent decision by the Commerce Commission looks likely to wipe out the very slight broadband competition in NZ.
Coincidentally, just the other day Slingshot rang me up to try to get my business. And I was even less grumpy than usual.
Slingshot: You don’t need to change your provider. But we can give you better rates on toll calls.
Me: But we don’t make toll calls.
Slingshot: How about the Internet? Do you use broadband or dial-up?
Me: Broadband. (pause) Hello?
Slingshot hung up on me. It’s like they already have given up.
Here's an alternative proposal for the Commerce Commission. Buy back Telecom at two or three times the price you sold it for and be done with it.