Describing NZ internet as “third-world” is dumb

Kim Dotcom is wrong when he says New Zealand has third-world internet.

You can read the facts for yourself:

Dotcom has every right to express his views, even if they have an unjust negative effect.

Dotcom has an international profile. The international news media pick up his words, often without context.

So people outside New Zealand get a distorted, unbalanced view of our technology and economy.

Some of them may consider buying technology from New Zealand companies, others may think of investing. If the only internationally distributed technology story they see about New Zealand is Dotcom’s comments, then they are going to get a wrong impression.

There are things that need fixing – but perspective and context are everything. If you’re reading this from overseas, there’s a good chance New Zealand’s broadband and technology infrastructure is in better shape than where you are.

3 thoughts on “Describing NZ internet as “third-world” is dumb

  1. Well said Bill.
    I was back in the UK a couple of years back staying with my parents who live on the edge of a village of 2000 people. This village is barely 10kms from the city of York.
    Yet, despite the flat land of the Vale of York, a couple of mobile phone networks did not work around their farm and mobile internet did not work either regardless of the network.
    In New Zealand, I have found mobile internet works fine even in much smaller settlements.

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  2. ” If the only internationally distributed technology story they see about New Zealand is Dotcom’s comments” then it’s not a very good company.

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