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