DTS started as an ISP operating in Wellington in 2001, then grew to service other major NZ cities, then spread coverage nationwide???.then grew into Sydney, then throughout Australia. Throughout our history, we have always worked as one company, all employees on both sides of the Tasman have worked together for the one brand, but we have always been geographically segmented by differences in websites, email addresses, Twitter accounts, etc.

In the last few months, we have set about changing that. We have moved to a single website for both countries that gives detailed information on product differences in each region but represents a unified single entity that operates across borders. We believe this is important because as far as we are aware, we are the only such ISP operating as a single provider on both sides.


Campbell Live beats TV One – first time ever

Campbell Live last night beat the TV One 7pm show Seven Sharp overall audience for the first time since Campbell Live began in 2005.

It is also the first time TV3 has ever beaten TV One in the 7pm weekday slot since TV3 began in November 1989.

Seven Sharp took another hit in the ratings on Tuesday night after a short recovery in Monday’s show, according to overnight ratings from Nielsen TAM.

But will they come back? Ask MySpace.

Threats fly over Hobbit document release

“I can categorically assure you that if the above information was released and a similar situation occur in the future, neither myself nor Wingnut Films would be inclined to help the Government again with such a candid level of advice and opinion,” reported The Hollywood Reporter.

It was not clear whether the “I” referred to Peter Jackson.

Oh, so it’s us (the government) who are helping Wingnut Films, fancy that, I rather thought the boot was on the other foot.

NZ A Star Paying To Act In A Supporting Role

Mr Joyce offers an anecdote to illustrate his argument: in a visit to India last year, he found “everybody was talking about how massively beautiful New Zealand was”.

When he asked about this they told him, “Oh, these two Bollywood movies that were done in New Zealand, it’s just lifted the profile of New Zealand so magnificently in India.”

Joyce squirms all through this doughty defence of the dodgy, and if Key still believes there were votes in the Hobbit capitulations he’s not as in touch as he was.

As for the “anecdote,” how much did we pay Bollywood to bring NZ attention to India’s billion odd?

As for the movie industries special needs, because it provides special benefits, FFS.

Inventor of the Web to deliver public lecture in Wellington

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that later this month the inventor of the World Wide Web ??? Sir Tim Berners-Lee ??? will visit Wellington to deliver a public lecture exploring the benefits of an open and uncaptureable Internet. 

Proudly hosted by InternetNZ as part of Berner-Lee???s ???TBL Down Under Tour??? (http://tbldownunder.org), the lecture will take place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 January.

Registrations for the public lecture can be made at http://openinternetlecture.eventbrite.co.nz. Spaces are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Southern Cross Cable 20 percent price cut not nearly enough – Orcon boss | The National Business Review


“It is always great to see the price of IRU???s (Indefeasible Rights of Use) dropping, as that will filter through to the wholesale market,” he told NBR.

“However this masks the fact that bandwidth costs per user are still actually increasing.”

Key’s stance on broadband decision gob-smacking

It [the Commission ruling] substantially reduces the income of that company [Chorus] and its capacity around broadband.

Chorus investors (who are rewarded for risk, ffs) aren’t the only investors in telecommunications, even if you did think “investors” some special interest group that deserved more attention than others.

I wonder to what degree this proposed intervention and attendant kerfuffle is intended to distract us from the rort, that for every copper line, every month, Chorus (nee Telecom) was being paid $12.53 more than it was worth.  That the original “retail minus” model was so inflated by monopoly rentier behaviour, that when a “cost plus” regime was instituted it discovered how excessive the rent was.

That a company (Chorus) that is receiving the lion’s share of the State’s investment in fibre deployment, should then be protected by the State from a rational reduction in price is sketchy.  Especially when you consider the reduction will transfer profit to more competitive (AKA risky) companies who use the monopoly copper input to provide consumer choice in the market.

The 10 highest-rating NBR tech stories of 2012

Content and copyright were hot buttons in 2012. And in keeping with those themes, the best-read technology story of the year was the tale of Fyx – a new Auckland ISP that allowed New Zealanders to access US commercial download services such as Netflix and Hulu, ordinarily blocked to those outside North America.

Fyx briefly gave us a glimpse of what life could like for those willing to pay for online content. Momentarily, we lived in a global village of consumer choice, unshackled from content agreements that are nothing about copyright, and everything about maintaining regional distribution monopolies.

Interest was intense. The story generated 60,000 page impressions, making it the most clicked-on NBR story outside of the Rich List. Clearly, there is a high level of curiosity about any developments in the area of street-legal downloads (an April 2011 piece on using iTunes US gained enough new traffic to stay in the Top 10 for a second year, helped by an update about tapping iTunes Australia). Threats to globally-distributed content, such as the US laws SOPA and PIPA, and the TPP trade deal, also rated highly.


Here’s the 10 tech stories that drew the most traffic:

2013 Award Categories : Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

Integrity and Trust

 Sponsored by the Justice Sector (the Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Police, the Department of Corrections, the Crown Law Office and the Serious Fraud Office)

New Zealand has one of the most honest public services in the world.  The work done by public servants deserves to be valued and trusted.  The Justice Sector Award for Excellence in Integrity and Trust recognises the importance of that trust ??? and that it is hard won and easily lost.  The best programme of projects will be those where the organisation can demonstrate that people thought creatively about how to meet the highest standards of integrity and build trust with the people and communities they serve, or how to do the right thing where the normal rules or responses may not be enough.