Cry Baby of the Day


While people are experiencing floods and the resulting destruction, loss of power, homes and all that goes with flooding some little cry baby in Howick is having first world problems.

A Howick man is fuming after it took two days for Chorus to sort out an internet outage that affected more than 120 east Auckland residents over the weekend.

The Bleakhouse Rd resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was disappointed it took two days to be told the issue with with Chorus’ fibre network rather than his internet service provider, Spark, which he had contacted repeatedly.

The man said his internet had been working as normal when he left home early on Friday morning.

“I get back – there’s no internet.”

Boo fricken hoo, harden up cup cake, at least your house isn’t under water. ?? Read more »

NZ is the only country where Internet access is getting more expensive

Spark, Vodafone and Callplus together represent 94 percent of the residential internet market and all have put up their prices for home internet packages.

Internet service providers blame the rises on the Commerce Commission’s recent draft decision which reduced the price companies pay for use of the copper wire network.

The charges relate to what Chorus (the wholesaler) charges internet service providers and telcos like Spark, Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Flip, for accessing their copper infrastructure which was deployed years ago by the Post Office. Those wires run down almost every street in the country and are the phone lines we have been using for decades.

Because it is a monopoly, the price that the wholesaler can charge is regulated by the Commerce Commission.

In 2011, when Telecom was split into a retail arm (Telecom) and a wholesale arm (Chorus), the Commission had to work out what Chorus’s wholesale services were worth, and what price they would charge internet service providers and telcos, including Telecom (now Spark) to use those services.

The price was originally set at about $45 per customer per month. Read more »

Greedy ISPs refusing to pass on savings

Matthew Hooton and a collection of greedy ISPs mounted a campaign to lower the core costs of broadband…labelling the higher prices a “Copper Tax”.

Now that prices have dropped those same ISPs, who were saying that consumers would pay higher prices, aren’t passing on those savings to consumers.

The whole campaign was a fraud and now it is revealed as such.

Hamish Fletcher reports:

Internet companies will enjoy a reduction in some of their wholesale costs in December but aren’t committed to passing on these savings directly to consumers then.

Cuts to what infrastructure company Chorus charges internet retailers like Vodafone and Orcon for some wholesale copper-line broadband services are due to come into effect on December 1.

While two different price changes made by the Commerce Commission will come in on that day, Chorus has requested a wider review of both sets of prices from the regulator.

Although it had been aiming to have both reviews completed by the time the new pricing came into force, the commission on Thursday said it now planned to have a draft decision on both sets of prices by December and a final decision in April.

This means the price change will be in effect for at least four months before any possible change the commission could make in its final rulings.

But while internet providers will enjoy some lower wholesale costs over this time, none are committing themselves to lower prices for customers straight away in December.

Maybe Chorus should employ Hooton to put the acid back on the ISPs, what a surprise they aren’t passing on the savings. ?? Read more »

Cry Babies of the W… hour.

It’s time our professional Cry Babies (politicians) come back from holiday, because the daily staple of professional victims and their main stream media enablers is starting to reach concerning proportions.

To wit:

Cry babies:??Robert Young and Brenda Stickley

Credit: MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ (edited)

Credit: MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ (edited)

The Incident:

A Tawa couple feel the look of their house has been ruined after Chorus erected a Fibre Access Terminal in front of their newly landscaped home.

The green pillar, just under a metre high, is one of thousands of such edifices that will be deployed across the country to enable the roll-out of ultrafast broadband.

The appropriate response:

Aw shit. ?Oh well. ?That’s what happens when you are part of a community. ?Utilities like water, power, gas and broadband need to be put somewhere.

The actual response: ? Read more »

Hooton’s extended wrecking crew “misleading”

The whole copper tax farce is blowing back on the ‘secret’ cabal so ably led by Matthew Hooten. ?Amazing what you can achieve between drinks.

Problem is, some of it was so ill conceived, it keeps proving blowback.

Raise your hand if you are surprised anything that involves Kim Dotcom is misleading? ?Exactly.

Orcon, Kim Dotcom, Matthew Hooton. ?What a team.

An advert featuring Kim Dotcom offering “truly unlimited broadband” has been deemed misleading by the advertising watchdog …

The Orcon ad, which is part of a campaign parodying poverty adverts and has also been at the centre of other complaints to the authority, was criticised for promoting “truly unlimited fast broadband” when the company can charge customers for using excess data. ? Read more »

Paul Brislen loses the plot, Wrecking Crew joins in

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Any semblance of credibility?Paul Brislen had left has now evaporated completely?after he?made?one of the most bizarre claims I’ve seen for a while. Of course by aligning himself and being part of Matthew Hooton’s Corporate Wrecking Crew we are becoming more and more used to bizarre claims.

It appears Brislen is claiming?that public sector workers have been using inside information to buy up shares in Chorus. Yep, that’s right, he thinks that government employees are so flush with cash that they can afford to buy millions of shares in Chorus!

“On Friday, when a report by EY Australia into the financial viability of Chorus was received by the government but not released publicly, shares in Chorus jumped by over 7%, Tuanz says.”

I’m not sure what Brislen’s?smoking but it surely can’t be legal. For the share price to move 7%, I imagine millions of shares would have to trade hands.? Read more »

Rodney Hide on Chorus

Rodney Hide has a good article in the NBR about Chorus?[paywalled], Matthew Hooton’s corporate wrecking crew and businesses exposed to government meddling.

I was reminded of Professor Ron Johnson when National talked up the Big Idea of the 2008 election: its promise to spend $1.5 billion kick-starting ultra-fast broadband. It showed National having vision, National proving tech savvy and National switched on to the needs of modern business and young voters.

Oh, and National would enlist private enterprise to deliver, so putting distance between Muldoon?s disastrous policies and modern National. The government would simply set the contracts and provide the money. That showed National had learned and could still ?Think Big? while valuing private enterprise.

The policy has proved what every free-market thinker feared: a political, economic and technologic cluster bomb. Telcos ? and potential telcos ? focused on lobbying, not providing service; the policy chilled investment and development as business had to await government decisions; and politics now dominates and dictates telecommunications.? Read more »

Or-Con still being slippery over passing on windfall profits to consumers

Or-con are slippery as hell

Or-con are slippery as hell

Or-Con is bombarding us with the unpleasant view of Krim Dot-Con talking about uncapped data plans. They claim anything is “not cool”.

They are also part of corporate whore Matthew Hooton’s band of corporate wreckers.

The Coalition of Corporate Wreckers claim that businesses and householders will now save $150.00 per annum…But will they.

The whole attack on Chorus was about wholesale prices. Now those are set to drop will they do as promised and lower retail prices as a result or will this bad of corporate robbers simply pocket the windfall profits?

I’m picking they will trouser the lot.

Chris Keall at NBR reports:

Ms Adams, says, in effect, Get real suckers, ISPs will simply pocket the savings. She said in Parliament yesterday:

I can tell you who it is not benefiting. It is not the consumers; it is the retailers. So if we insist on a lower price for the wholesalers, as Labour wants to happen?follow the money. Follow the money. I will tell you who benefits: the large corporates like Vodafone, which benefits from the extra money. That is what Labour is supporting.

That is what it wants to see happen. I will tell you what will happen now. The consumers will not see anything at all, I predict. If they do, it will be a tiny fraction of any drop

Ms Adams theory is quite easily tested.? Read more »


Is Matthew Hooton the biggest wrecker of NZ business

Chorus is in terrible mainly as a result of a collection of ?moaners and mingers under the control of political svengali Matthew Hooton.

What baffles me is that they have not fought back in way other than traditional corporate PR. Once they are crippled and bleeding and investors have lost millions of dollars, more than the millions have lost already as a result of Matthew Hooton’s merry band of corporate wreckers you will be able to use Chorus ?as an example of corporate PR failure in not fighting back.

They should have had huge billboards up around NZ saying “The future is fibre” and invested big time in ways to get their message out through all available channels. Instead they have been sodomised by a group of vested interests given a free rein in the complicit media.

Chorus has allowed them selves to become the Mark Hotchin/Hanover of the corporate world where all media outlets seem free to give them a kick in the guts. They are a media punching bag.? Read more »

Chorus – PM credibility at stake

In December last year,?in September of this year,?and most recently on November 6,?John Key came out and said he would intervene and overrule the Commerce Commission methodology that has dramatically impacted on Chorus and the taxpayer funded fibre rollout.

Now, Amy Adams is perfectly capable of caving in to a crazy blowfish like Sue Chetwin thanks to a few press releases (and several of her colleagues expect no less), but it’s a completely different ballgame when its the Prime Minister’s reputation at stake.

You see, with Key making his comments on Chorus as he did, he made price sensitive statements that impacted on the investor environment regarding Chorus. When the PM said he’ll move to fix a bad decision impacting on New Zealand, he was believed. Overseas funds, as illustrated by the Australian fund in the media today,?have indicated that they expect the PM and the Government to honour its word and intervene in order to prevent a brutal regulatory cut on the company that is tasked with rolling out the lions share of the government’s flagship policy.? Read more »