Dotcom signals sea cable venture
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 10:24a.m.
The backers of an abandoned project to build a trans-Pacific broadband cable say they are open to talking to internet mogul Kim Dotcom about reviving the idea.
The $400 million Pacific Fibre plan to build a 12,950km fibre cable between Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles was abandoned in August due to lack of funding.
Its backers included Trade Me founder Sam Morgan, The Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall and technology entrepreneur Rod Drury.
Dotcom, who faces internet piracy charges in the US over his file-sharing website Megaupload, is planning to launch a new cloud storage service in January.
He wants the new cable to provide faster internet access for his sites, and says it will provide "free broadband for all Kiwis".
Dotcom told Computerworld he wants to set up the new service in New Zealand because of its cheap and clean energy, which could also be a drawcard for foreign internet businesses.
"The new Mega based in New Zealand might be what's needed to make this thing happen."
He is also planning a new music service, Megabox, and both services will require fast connection speeds, which Dotcom says the trans-Pacific cable could offer.
He is proposing free access to overseas connections for residential customers, while business and government customers would be charged.
Dotcom has invited Mr Morgan and Mr Drury to his Coatesville mansion for a swim and to discuss Pacific Fibre.
Mr Drury tweeted that while he admired the Dotcom megacable plan, "there is a tiny flaw. US permission required to connect to USA", which could pose an issue with Dotcom facing extradition to the US on copyright and money laundering charges.
Mr Morgan said he had not yet spoken to Dotcom but wished him all the best for the cable plan.
Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Paul Brislen told Computerworld that Dotcom's influence might get potential investors behind the cable.
"If anyone could do it, it is him," he said.
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14/11/2012 10:01:55 p.m.
Dennis. Your anti Dotcom tirade is so un-kiwi and totally boring. Get a life and stop your jealous muck raking.
11/11/2012 5:54:35 a.m.
@"Dennis"@3.55: Why would the people of New Zealand want people like you in New Zealand? If you are.
10/11/2012 3:55:48 p.m.
Why would the people of New Zealand want a convicted criminal in charge of one of the most important upgrades to it IT infrastructure ?
7/11/2012 10:30:02 a.m.
@Gosh: I accidentally wrote your name in a comment I made at 2.54 yesterday. Of course the name I meant was Craig. The creep who makes derogatory comment regarding Mrs Dotcom. Please don't sue me. It was just a mistake
7/11/2012 9:30:07 a.m.
CRAIG. You conveniently overlook the so called crimes you mention were later expunged from the records because they were later acknowledged as being so minor. Legally today, Kim Dotcom (Nee Schmitz) has a completely 'clean slate' and should be discussed accordingly. He has contributed a lot to our country and not asked for anything in return. The man has never hurt a single person in his life, should be respected as the worthy person he is and made welcome in our community.
7/11/2012 8:47:26 a.m.
@Craig, Phillip, Michael and Kerry: Lance Armstrong won La Tour de France. Print it. You will be wrong
6/11/2012 8:01:51 p.m.
Kim Schmitz has been convicted of and served prison time for the following crimes: insider trading, embezzlement, computer fraud and data espionage.
6/11/2012 2:54:02 p.m.
@Head of Mediaworks Limited: Stop printing comments that Kim Dotcom, nee Schmitz etc is a criminal, con, ex criminal. There was a time when you could, and that was before he came to New Zealand. On this article there are the rednecks Bill and Dennis. Under the article about a new site there are Gosh and an inference by Mike ("Dotcrim"). Delete them. Dotcom's not likely to sue you (because of John Campbell), but I will. It pisses me off that his "legal" charges drag on and on and it doesn't help resolution of anything having idiots do that and get away with it. New Zealanders support each other. If you are broken down and you need me to stop and tow you to the garage, or fix your engine, I will do it, if I can, and I will do it for John Key, or for a member of the Mongrel Mob. We are New Zealanders, not rednecks, and your media organization could get Bain's compensation to him in a week if you had a brilliant journalist with the skill in that profession that Greg King had in his
5/11/2012 8:09:57 p.m.
Do it. Not having a cable with good connection with the rest of the world is killing our economy. It is just part of us developing infrastructure, like roads, to keep our economy going into the 21st century
5/11/2012 5:01:13 p.m.
meh, if you can't link to the USA, link to Canada or Mexico. wouldn't take all that much to then arrange a better link from Them to the USA to cope with the resulting traffic. well, for their governments at least. ... (well, comparatively speaking)
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