Is the Government’s Broad Band initiative degrading service to the rural sector ?
Our business about 1.2km from the Kirwee exchange ( about 30km west of Christchurch. ) During peak times we can get as slow as 0.4mb/s download speeds, think about typical dialup speeds, pretty much unusable in this day and age. We have been told that the poor speeds are because of overloading at our local exchange.
We have also been told that because of the Government’s fiber program Chorus has stopped investment in the copper network. There are no plans to upgrade our exchange.
As Kirwee grows there will be a continuing deterioration of the service provided. The same scenario is likely to apply to most other country exchanges. What also irks me is that we are paying full price for a deteriorating service so that others can have fiber.
The response we get from the Telcos is – why not use cellphone data, the reason, it is currently more than five times the cost of land line. The Government in their Rural Broad band initiative said that the service would give country people services which were similar to urban levels or service. So far they are not even close.
Come on National, county folk have supported you in the past, some support for us would be good now.