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Kim Dotcom Promises Free Broadband for New Zealand

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
    I would like to see Hollywood get smacked down
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  • Priox
    I hope he succeeds. I would definitely support him if he took this to Kickstarter.
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  • drwho1
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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