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Sky TV highlights its monopoly by silencing competitor

Sky TV handed Slingshot a huge publicity win when it banned the ISP from advertising on the pay television service. The message here is clear: We’re frightened of Slingshot, we’re frightened of competition and we know our monopoly rent-seeking is threatened. Slingshot GM Taryn Hamilton says the move smacks of protectionism and censorship. “It’s a […]

Subscriptions, not paywalls

Karen Fratti thinks publishers need to stop using the word ‘paywall’ to describe ways online sites charge readers. She prefers we talk about subscriptions. Fratti writes:  let’s stop talking about putting up walls to keep people out. The paywall has only led to griping from consumers who’ve reached their monthly article limit, and unique ways to get […]

New Zealand shows Australia how to do FTTP

Australia’s politicians continue wrangling over that country’s FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) project. Meanwhile New Zealand’s is progressing. Yet New Zealand’s low fibre uptake could yet inform Australia’s FTTP debate. Figures released yesterday by communications minister Amy Adams show 134,000 homes and businesses can now connect to the UFB network. Building is taking place in 24 of the […]