“…after an InternetNZ study suggested Southern Cross Cable’s monopoly over international bandwidth – a popular whipping boy – might not be at fault.
Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Paul Brislen said the association would take a dim view if the problem was shown to lie with internet providers’ own practices.
InternetNZ said data caps – the amount of data broadband users can consume each month without paying extra – were very low compared with other countries, including Australia – and it commissioned consultant Colin Jackson to canvass views on why that was the case.
Jackson said many Australians were enjoying data caps of a terabyte after a “data cap price war” between internet providers across the Tasman.
About 85 to 90 per cent of New Zealand internet traffic was international – but Southern Cross said it had cut the price of capacity on its cable connecting New Zealand with Australia and the United States to as little as 5 cents a gigabyte.
“If expensive international transit were the reason for data caps, we might now expect caps to increase in New Zealand as they have in Australia,” Jackson said.
His report focused on possible cost-based barriers to bigger data caps –
- but InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar conceded it was possible that internet providers were simply using data caps to segment customers -
- and maximise revenues….”
(ed:..so..my internet-provider…who charges me ten dollars a gig if i exceed my ‘paltry’-cap…
…is only paying five cents for that gig..?
..and..um..should i ask them to use a condom…?..)
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