OK, so we get that it’s a commercial process and that means most things to do with Crown Fibre Holdings, and the $1.5 billion pot of taxpayer money that’s been set aside for a nationwide fibre network, are under wraps. Indeed, it is so confidential that the bidders involved can’t even tell journalists how often they are meeting with the CFH - and they can’t speak to each other about working together because this would be in breach of the process. Meanwhile CFH’s brief continues to grow - CFH will now determine pricing on the fibre network, while the successful bidder(s) enjoy a “regulatory holiday” in the first phase of the network build. The process is secret and there is so much at stake. It’s setting up winners and losers and it's all being done behind closed doors. Let’s hope they get it right. Open access isn't good enough - Kordia
Curse of the quarter acre section If you want to meet with Crown Fibre Holdings
In fairness to Crown Fibre Holding boss Graham Mitchell, he has travelled up and down the country meeting every bidder, lobby group and interested party individually. So if you want an audience with the CFH, you might have to join a group. Lucky for you there are plenty of them in New Zealand’s ICT community. Some, such as InternetNZ enjoy charity status, others such as the New Zealand Computer Society have had this snatched away from them. The previous government attempted to corral them all into an overarching Digital Development Council, but the new government tossed this out when it got into power. Perhaps if the DDC had remained it would have saved Mr Mitchell a few air miles. We’re OK, says InternetNZ
Software patents – left vs right again? What a ride
My first phone
News that Telecom is switching off its CDMA network in “mid-2012” had me searching the house for my first mobile. I bought it at an embarrasingly advanced age. It was a Samsung SCH-N415. The model wasn’t as popular as the “pinkalicious” Sanyo 3100, but I think its fair to say it was a girl’s phone. Silver and cute, it fitted into the smallest handbag. Handset manufacturers usually tout apps and data speed, but there’s a lot to be said for looks. Apple has always got this. My second mobile was - and remains, while I see out the long contract I’m shackled to - an iPhone.