Problems with another candidate for InternetNZ council [UPDATED]

Don Gould        Source/ InternetNZ cadidate profile

Don Gould Source/ InternetNZ candidate profile

We have already seen the demise of Alistair Thompson’s credibility when he was caught moonlighting on behalf of the Internet Party.

The funny thing is with some sunlight being shone on InternetNZ and the political connections of council members is that as a side issue it has thrown some sunlight on another candidate.

Don Gould is another of the candidates standing for the vacant position as a result of the resignation of Nat Torkington.

His candidate statement leaves out some important information.

You see Don Gould is actually Donald John Gould and he has a criminal past.

In 2008 he was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a 15 year old. The Herald reported:

Christchurch tutor Donald John Gould, 38, has been remanded on bail waiting to be sentenced after he admitted having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. He pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful sexual connection and doing an indecent act.

Christchurch Court News added more information:

A Mairehau man faces a likely prison term for a six-week sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Donald John Gould was remanded on bail to a crown sentencing session on January 23, and warned by Christchurch District Court Judge John Bisphan that jail was “very likely”.   Read more »

Alistair Thompson standing for Internet NZ Council elections

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Disgraced journalist Alistair Thompson wasn’t just attempting to pretend he was an independent journalist while working, for what sources within the Dotcom Mansion tell me was months of planning, on launching a political party.

He was also planning on standing for a vacant council position on InternetNZ and according to their website is still a candidate for the vote.

Nominations opened on 10 January, while Thompson was working on the Internet Party.

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The truth about the Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing

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Earlier today, I blogged about how Matthew Hooton, Paul Brislen, Vodafone and a host of vested interests have duped Kiwi households out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Essentially, the Labour-leaning Coalition for Fair Internet Pricing conned media into thinking their campaign was about going into bat for Kiwi households. But it is actually about lining the pockets of greedy telcos like Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and their mates.

I want to refer people to the Coalition’s original press release when it launched its campaign.

Now that media have finally wised up to what I have been saying, I have made some changes to the Coalition’s press release to more accurately reflect its true position.

Broad Coalition Says Yes To $600 Million Windfall for Telcos

A coalition of Kiwi companies, industry associations and consumer advocate groups has today announced proposals to introduce what economists Covec say is a new windfall of at least $600 million for telcos such as Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot and Telecom.

In a discussion document issued last month, Communications & IT Minister Amy Adams proposed to provide certainty for both the industry and Kiwi households by overruling a crazy determination by the Commerce Commission that would see Chorus stripped off hundreds of millions of dollars it planned it use for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband.   Read more »

Media finally catch on to Hooton’s tricks

Matthew Hooton will be crying into his cornflakes this morning, which will take the edge off the hangover somewhat. The media are finally starting to see through his highly misleading campaign.

In an editorial in The Press yesterday, the paper gets to the heart of the issue – the campaign is just designed to line the pockets of groups like Vodafone, Slingshot, Orcon and CallPlus.

A well-organised campaign is being orchestrated on the matter, it is true, suggesting a Government proposal would amount to an extra “tax” on broadband users of some $600 million over the next five years.

This glides over the fact that the shareholders of Vodafone, one of the largest international telecommunications companies in the world, and hundreds of times bigger than Chorus, stand to benefit if the other side of the argument prevails.

Labour’s prime objection is to the Government’s intervention into something it believes should have been left to the Commerce Commission. There would normally be some validity to that argument. Since Chorus’s monopoly of the copper network is deemed to make it unsafe to leave pricing to the free market, the next best option is an independent regulator.  Read more »

Why can’t savings flow now?

The monopoly provider of international bandwidth has dropped their prices now that competition is looming:

The operator of New Zealand’s only international internet cable has cut wholesale prices by 44 per cent as one of its potential competitors announced progress on a rival project.

The Southern Cross Cable Network runs between Auckland, Sydney and the United States and transports all the internet traffic coming in and out of New Zealand.

The company – which is half owned by Telecom New Zealand – said cable upgrades and lower costs had allowed it to almost halve what it charges internet companies for trafficking international data.

But despite a sharp drop in wholesale prices, commentators say it could be a long time before these cuts flow through to consumers.

InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar said the lower wholesale rates apply only to new contracts and consumers will need to wait until internet companies re-sign with Southern Cross before prices change.

That is weasel words and excuses. It isn’t like they are shipping oil and need to deplete existing stocks here. It is light! The new prices are available immediately. This is nothing but feather-bedding and continuing to charge customers far too much.

Here is the thing though, if they can offer these pris now with no changes in existing infrastructure, foor how long then have we been ripped off by Southern Cross charging monopoly rents?

Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Paul Brislen agreed the cuts would take a while to reach the retail market.

“It’ll increase data caps eventually, but because the ISPs are buying capacity on a 10-yearly cycle – the contracts run for quite some time – the odds are you won’t mostly see much of anything in the short-term at all.”

I can’t believe Paul Brislen fell for that crap. The supplier can drop the amount they charge their clients anytime they please. He needs to be a little more strident in representing his clients.

Uhmm…no we aren’t

Tom Pullar-Strecker reckons bloggers are waiting nervously:

Bloggers are nervously waiting for the publication of the Law Commission’s report on “new media” next Monday.

Former Commerce Minister Simon Power raised their blood pressure when he ordered the review in October last year, commenting that there was a “wild west out there in cyberspace”.

InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar said at the time that if that was what Power really believed, “we’ve got reasons to be very, very worried”.

Power was concerned about breaches of suppression orders, libel on the internet, and whether bloggers and online publications should be subject to oversight by the Press Council or Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Uhmmm…no we aren’t waiting nervously. Most of us don’t care what the Law Commission has to say or even knew the report was due. I was a contributor to the report and I didn’t know it was coming out.

All credit to the Law Commission though for seeking out the opinions of bloggers for their report,  I spent a half day with them in Wellington giving them some details about how I work, how I operate and my opinions on the Press Council and BSA. I am mildly interested in what suggestions of mine the Law Commission includes but I am far from nervous.