New bill, old speeches
The first reading of the Telecommunications (TSO, Broadband, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill took place last night in Parliament. It will now be considered by the Finance and Expenditure Committee with a mandate to report back to the House on or before 6 May 2011.
Sadly Fry Up, who is weirdly drawn to Parliament TV, missed the broadcast, but happily both ICT Minister Steven Joyce and Labour ICT spokesperson filled our email inbox today with news of what was said, by them.
Joyce said the bill is an important step towards the government’s goal of improving the availability, quality and price of telecommunications services in New Zealand.
Curran said the whole process of picking partners for public private broadband networks is shrouded in secrecy, taking too long, while Labour’s scheme Broadband Investment Fund (note the prescient acronym BIF) should never have been, well, biffed.
10 questions to ponder over the summer break
1. Why is Minister Steven Joyce issuing statements about UFB partners and RBI shortlists so close to Fry Up’s summer stay-cation?
2. What kind of date is December 24 to issue an RFP?
3. Minister Joyce thinks he can get the internet to go faster – so what about the trains?
4. When your internet fails – who ya gonna call?
5. Will the intellectual property provisions being discussed as part of the Trans Pacific Treaty turn out to be ACTA in drag?
6. Is the National Health IT plan the most sensitive political IT project ever undertaken by a government agency?
7. Why doesn’t YouTube auto-transcribe service understand the New Zild accent?
8. Will the technology at the Rugby World Cup 2011 be more awesome than the All Blacks?
9. When Rhys Darby’s contract expires; will 2degrees approach Kevin Bacon to front its advertising campaign?
Robert X. Cringely on WikiLeaks... because he puts it so well
The web will eat itself over WikiLeaks
We are at war, and I don't mean the literal kind. It's the first all-out cyber war, not between nations but between factions: those who agree with what WikiLeaks is trying to do, and those who oppose them.
Nearly everybody is picking sides. Amazon's hosting service ditched WikiLeaks after a day, presumably as a result of pressure from Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. EveryDNS did the same, citing its inability to cope with DDoS attacks launched by "hacktivists" opposed to the leaks. PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard have refused to handle payments for donations to WikiLeaks...
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