'Free Broadband For All Kiwis': MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom Wants To Resurrect Pacific Fibre

So you know that MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom is preparing the file-sharing site's successor, simply called "Mega". What you might not know is that the service will be based in New Zealand and to get the country ready for what could be a massive influx of traffic, Dotcom wants to bring the Pacific Fibre project back from the dead and provide NZ ISPs free use of the connection.

On November 2, Dotcom ambitiously tweeted:

The new Mega company will be based in NZ & become it's most valuable IT biz. I will relaunch Pacific Fibre. Free broadband for all Kiwi's :)

A more subdued tweet followed up by stating that "one way or another, New Zealand needs Pacific Fibre".

What's Pacific Fibre exactly? It was a 13,000km undersea cable project that would link Australia and New Zealand to Los Angeles, with the intention of dramatically increasing NZ's internet bandwidth with the rest of the world. Pacific Fibre got wings in March 2010, but failed to raise the $NZ400 million required to make it reality.

Computerworld NZ got in touch with the German entrepreneur, now NZ resident, for clarification of his plans:

"[New Zealand has] clean and cheap energy ... Power is becoming the biggest cost factor for data centres around the world. With its own cable, cheap power and connectivity New Zealand could attract foreign internet businesses."

The missing piece, Dotcom believes, is bandwidth. If he were to get Pacific Fibre off the ground, Dotcom says NZ ISPs would be given access to the bandwidth for free, while business and government would have to cough up for it. According to the Computerworld NZ article, Dotcom believes a drop in NZ broadband prices would follow.

So it wouldn't be free internet for all Kiwis, but no one is going to say no to significantly reduced costs.

Well, the intent is certainly there, but does Dotcom have the resources and time to make it happen? Extradition to the US is still a possibility and you'd think it would put a bit of a downer on his plans.

[Computerworld NZ]



    I'm surprised he still wants to live there after what happened.

      The government screwed him, but the courts have been kinder.

      He has plenty of support among the population. Most have little sympathy for the ham fisted approach the Americans used to try and extradite him.

    Given how Australian politicians dealt with Julian Assange, he'd been even more vulnerable in Australia.

    Said datchu brah ?

    Our politicians here in Australia are gutless wonders. They won't listen to the people and they try to milk us for everything they can. A certain PM should be tried for treason as far as i'm concerned.

      I completely agree treason is a appropriate charge. I am sick of the apparently elected overloards dictating to the people. No more politicians should be held legally accountable as individuals for their broken promises, watch that change the way the game is run. Currently right now i have no faith in the system and can not see a point to voting. Democracy is a load of crap in this counrtry

    It'd be a coup for Australians, too, especially if we either have already or could orchestrate a nice fat fibre link from Sydney to New Zealand. NBN will be great, but we'll still have 300ms ping to the USA unless something like this happens.

    Is Dotcom a visionary or a shameless self-promoter? The same was no doubt asked of Thomas Alva Edison.

    I think the Kiwis are lucky to have him either way. He is a PR-aware person who is trying to drag NZ, and the world, kicking and screaming out of the 20th century and into the 21st. "More money for tarmac than for broadband", indeed. That sums it up very nicely.

    This fellow aroused the ire of that quintessentially 20th century industry, the recorded music establishment (a striking parallel with Edison's effect on the sheet music business!) and had whole national governments hounding him in a way reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition. Logic has nothing to do with the response, just plain, establish power - the kind of power that corrupts. The system will do whatever it must to defend itself, including recruiting the full force of governments.

    The world needs people like Dotcom. You don't have to like him, or require that his motives be 100% noble. Like Julian Assange (who is also hounded by the US and shamefully let down by his government), he represents the a future with new values, new freedoms and new business models.

      Until his income stream is threatened and Dotcom becomes system.

      Nothing wrong with people making money but, c'mon, it's hardly a noble act of selflessness.

      I bet Kim Dotom wasn't expecting a Spanish Inquisition, but then again, nobody expects a Spanish Inquisition beacuse their chief weapon is surprise. Fear and surprise...two chief weapons are fear and suprise...oh, never mind.

    The arts & entertainment industry in Australia and New Zealand should really get behind the Pacific Fibre project - especially the film industry.
    I imagine that the good people at Weta could do some amazing things with Hollywood once they get the link set up... even perhaps work on a certain "Episodic" franchise that was recently purchased by Disney?

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