Papa Manavaikai: Cable cost savings

Friday January 24, 2020 Published in Letters to the Editor
Mata Puia is sceptical about lower internet prices from the Manatua cable. 19112404/ 19112405 Mata Puia is sceptical about lower internet prices from the Manatua cable. 19112404/ 19112405

Kia orana, Mata Puia  has a valid view point (“Scepticism about fibre cable cost savings”, Jan 9).

With only one provider of internet services what assurance do we as consumers have that costs would be more affordable? None.

Unless there is compelling reason for Bluesky to drop their charges to consumers, I cannot see them changing of their own accord.

Telecom NZ didn't change their cost for some time, well after competitors where introduced into New Zealand. And this was only done by way of a governing body stepping in, and providing an “equal” playing field for all providers.

If Bluesky has a heart for our people, conscious for our people, care about our small business folk, then great, I can see them changing their costs.

But let us not depend on a business built to make money at any cost, to all of a sudden care for our people. Why would a company that is owned by overseas people want to invest millions of dollars into Cook Islands?

Please do not get sensitive about our people working for Bluesky Raro. It is not their fault in price determination, if anything they are also subject to the same conditions – they too are consumers.

What we should be doing is supporting our local/small business of Cook Islanders, trying to survive in a very highly charged and competitive economics world.

Having limitations such as internet speeds, connectivity and overheads is not supportive at all for all consumers.

Nor should location be a reason to hike the prices.

I wish my island the best for our future, and hope that our people’s awareness increases.

Bluesky, if you're reading this. I hope you do the right thing.

Papa Manavaikai

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