I’m no cheerleader, just want some perspective

Over the last few days I’ve shown how wrong Kim Dotcom is when he says New Zealand has third world internet.

You can read the facts for yourself:

While I support Dotcom’s freedom to express his views, I’m concerned about the effect his words may have.

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 out economy.

Some of them may be considering buying technology from New Zealand companies, others may be thinking 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.

I’m certainly not a cheerleader for New Zealand or our national telecommunications infrastructure – there are plenty of things I’d like fixed – 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 “I’m no cheerleader, just want some perspective

  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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