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Kim Dotcom Promises Free Broadband for New Zealand

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Kim Dotcom has big plans for New Zealand's internet infrastructure.

According to an article published by the New Zealand Herald, Dotcom wants to resurrect plans for the Pacific Fibre Cable and help fund the required $330 million investment.

The cable would double New Zealand's current Internet bandwidth and support his Me.ga company, as well as a new data center that would create jobs. Dotcom sweetens the deal by proposing that he would grant internet service providers free Internet access for individual customers and charge a fee to businesses and government. The article suggests that New Zealanders could expect to pay for their broadband access only 20 percent of what they pay now and enjoy connection speeds that are up to five times faster - without bandwidth caps.

So, how would Dotcom come up with the money for the 8,050 mile cable between the U.S. and Australia? Those who have followed Dotcom's business for some time already know that there is a flaw in the chain somewhere: Dotcom does not have the money, but he can get it, he says. How? By suing Hollywood studios and the U.S. Government for their "unlawful and political destruction of [his] business".

Before suing and building, Dotcom still has to deal with an extradition hearing in March. The Herald noted that a New Zealand court ruled "that the January raid [against Dotcom] and seizure were unlawful" and "the nation's spy agency was found to have illegally spied on Dotcom."

 

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    bllue , November 6, 2012 12:03 AM
    I would like to see Hollywood get smacked down
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    Priox , November 6, 2012 12:08 AM
    I hope he succeeds. I would definitely support him if he took this to Kickstarter.
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    MAC_HATER , November 6, 2012 12:41 AM
    if he pulls this off there wont be a bar in this country where he would have to pay for his drinks that's for sure
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  • 29 Hide
    bllue , November 6, 2012 12:03 AM
    I would like to see Hollywood get smacked down
  • 27 Hide
    Priox , November 6, 2012 12:08 AM
    I hope he succeeds. I would definitely support him if he took this to Kickstarter.
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    drwho1 , November 6, 2012 12:21 AM
    I would like to see 5 times faster internet with 20% of the current ridiculously high prices here in the US.
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    MAC_HATER , November 6, 2012 12:41 AM
    if he pulls this off there wont be a bar in this country where he would have to pay for his drinks that's for sure
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    nitrium , November 6, 2012 12:46 AM
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    I would like to see 5 times faster internet with 20% of the current ridiculously high prices here in the US.

    However ridiculously high you think the prices in the US are, I'm willing to bet they are ridiculously higher in New Zealand. Everything is ridiculously overpriced here relative to the US.
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    Novulux , November 6, 2012 1:03 AM
    According to Ookla Net Index, the average New Zealand download is 10.92, upload is 3.57.
    But...the price is $62.20/month relatively.
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    Novulux , November 6, 2012 1:04 AM
    According to Ookla Net Index, the New Zealand speeds tested are averaged at ~11 down, 3.5 up. But the price is sixty-two dollars on a monthly basis average.
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    abbadon_34 , November 6, 2012 1:11 AM
    He REALLY doesn't want to get extradited...good idea, more room to move about in th New Zealand than the Ecudorian Embassy (Wiki Asange)
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    Kryan , November 6, 2012 1:53 AM
    LOL! you should all be quiet and take what you get. Have a look at pricing in South Africa if you want ridiculous. I'm visiting family in Australia currently and I have to agree that, compared to Germany (where I am studying), the prices and broadband infrastructure (in Perth) are ridiculous...

    anything capped is bullcrap, anywhere in the world.
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    southernshark , November 6, 2012 1:58 AM
    This guy is a patriotic hero of his country. So of course the USA wants to lock him in prison for the rest of his life. All I can say is that I haven't to be an American for a long time, and certainly the current President has only made me think worse of the country. I did not think anyone could be worse than Bush, but then we got Obama.
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    RealityClash , November 6, 2012 2:22 AM
    Go go go Dotcom! I live in New Zealand and internet prices over here are shocking compared to what I've seen in the US. Not long ago we were paying around $33US a month just for 3GB of 256/128kbps in the middle of one of NZ's larger cities (and that was classed as broadband here...). Prices have definitely gotten better recently but we're still far from the sort of service you'd expect to get in the US or Europe.
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    soundping , November 6, 2012 2:28 AM
    I hope Kim is successful.
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    ojas , November 6, 2012 3:25 AM
    southernsharkThis guy is a patriotic hero of his country. So of course the USA wants to lock him in prison for the rest of his life. All I can say is that I haven't to be an American for a long time, and certainly the current President has only made me think worse of the country. I did not think anyone could be worse than Bush, but then we got Obama.

    From the eyes of a foreigner, nobody could be more stupid than Bush jr.

    Probably the wisest president you lot had was Clinton. Never started a war, iirc. Obama, from how i see it, had to fix Bush's mess. He's also prioritizing getting out of war.
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    nameon , November 6, 2012 3:43 AM
    This man has a disturbing ammount on 'self confidence'
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    dauntekong , November 6, 2012 4:11 AM
    Let's bring them down... USA here we go...

    Dotcom should be nickname Doc.Tor Evil:

    MUAH HA HA HA HA!

    AAHHH HA HA HA HA!

    AH HA...! AH HA...!

    HHAAA...!

    Tee Hee*
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    gabimoro , November 6, 2012 4:59 AM
    Your internet fees are indeed ridiculous. I live in Romania (Transylvania), in a small isolated village and for a 12 mbps (about 1,2 MB/sec download speed) I pay about 10 $. There is no limit on download.
    In bigger cities, for the same fee, the download speed is 5 or even 10 times higher.
    Now don't get angry, the fees might be low but we earn less money. My salary is 500 $.
    Who laughs now?
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    chimera201 , November 6, 2012 6:00 AM
    For those complaining about their country having ridiculous internet pricing:
    I live in India. I pay 900INR ( 16 USD ) for an internet package - 4Mbps till 8GB thereafter 512Kbps per month.
    Your countries are way better.
    http://s19.postimage.org/3q2mmxujn/Capture.png
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    archange , November 6, 2012 6:54 AM
    gabimoroYour internet fees are indeed ridiculous. I live in Romania (Transylvania), in a small isolated village and for a 12 mbps (about 1,2 MB/sec download speed) I pay about 10 $. There is no limit on download.In bigger cities, for the same fee, the download speed is 5 or even 10 times higher.Now don't get angry, the fees might be low but we earn less money. My salary is 500 $.Who laughs now?


    Yes, $10 is OK, but that's because of subsidies. Dotcom still has a lot to learn from Dracula :D 
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    grz09 , November 6, 2012 7:34 AM
    ^
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    gabimoro , November 6, 2012 7:35 AM
    There's no subsidies, these are the real prices. Our praised government doesn't pay a dime, at least not for this. "Internet, what is it good for?".
    I think your internet providers are greedy. Your infrastructure is getting old, but is still acceptable and the providers don't want to change it, not yet. We had no infrastructure at all, but when we got it, they put optical fiber I guess.
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