There is a growing awareness of Starlink, Te Tuhi Kelly writes. 23071418
Here’s a what if. In the Cook Islands the main internet provider is Vodafone with other ISP’s snapping at the heels and the crumbs left on the table, writes Te Tuhi Kelly.
this Starlink new kid on the block and maintains that with his LEO satellites
passing every which way over the Cook Islands, means that even though there is
no licence to operate, if one has the kit, one can connect and choose the
service that the citizen wants to pay for.
doing this in droves world-wide.
Many of us
are helping them through our Starlink FB pages, and remote villages in places
like Asia, Pakistan and Africa will soon have Starlink with or without
wait, they are banding together to buy and activate Starlink.
citizenship is a well informed and happy one, and Starlink opens opportunities
for themselves and their families especially in dictatorship regimes.
always been clear in why he has Starlink, the global village citizenry needs and
wants to be connected, and he has waited for years for other telcos to run with
this, instead they have closed shop and monopolised the world’s ability for
everyone to be connected and made trillions of dollars thank you very much.
mobile number portability?
got data roaming at a cost of billions of dollars into their pockets and no
number portability in sight.
simless phones are coming, that’s another story.
If you are
out in the boonies, read that as mountains, deserts, valleys, ocean (Pa Enua), rivers,
and all sorts of remote locales, he wants you to be able to connect.
He is not in
the business of placing restrictions on connectivity.
until the bricks and mortar telco’s get this through their dinosaur heads, they
will be playing catch up or will fall.
one do if you are for arguments sake the main local telco and Starlink is
making slow but sure inroads into a very much monopolistic internet territory
that you have had, and despite legislative changes that are supposed to remove
such monopolies and competition.
suck it up and sharpen your pencil, buy out the competition, use takeovers,
apply pressure, or baby cry to the regulator, or see if you can somehow
influence to block to restrict or bar access to your citizen transmissions.
this, if you could influence to block transmissions to the Cook Islands, I
think you would be in serious trouble under the updated telecommunications Act,
by utilising an anti-competitive action to shore up your business model.
Starlink would in effect be discriminating against a section of New Zealanders,
after all, we are all New Zealanders by virtue of our NZ passports, and with
those passports goes some fundamental human rights that we have.
Zealanders can buy Starlink, it is available, it is available to us as New
Zealanders and the fact that we live in the Cook Islands, makes no difference
to Starlink by virtue of us being a subset of New Zealand with NZ passports.
seems a wasted effort to block transmissions of those LEO satellites as they
leave designated orbital space from NZ (whatever that is) over the Pacific
Islands and then unblock as they enter USA/South America orbital space.
considering the needs of those countries bordering the Pacific Ocean who can
get coverage either directly overhead or by some transmission leakages to the
sides over the Pacific Ocean.
If this was
to be blocked, they would be disgruntled and considering those who are on marine
or global Roaming across the Pacific Ocean, thousands of connections, would be
mightily unhappy and Starlink would be in breach of their service delivery
arises on the ocean, and you have marine roaming and no other way to contact
the mainland for support or assistance, I wouldn’t want to be Starlink and have
blocked their signal for help in a life-or-death situation.
consider that under the United Nations the right to internet access in summary
The right to Internet access, also known as
the right to broadband or freedom to connect, is
the view that all people must be able to access the Internet in order to exercise and enjoy their rights
to freedom of expression and opinion and
other fundamental human rights, that
states have a responsibility to ensure that Internet access is broadly available, and that states may not
unreasonably restrict an individual's access to the Internet.
Who in their right mind would try and
influence to block Starlink transmissions into the Cook Islands if they go down
this road, while removing our human rights and in contravention of the
Constitution of the Cook Islands as regards freedom of expression, comment,
opinion which is sacrosanct human rights and freedom from discrimination. You
would have to be ignorant, bereft of any initiatives to counter the Starlink
influence apart from trying to bring the hammer down. You would have a fight on
your hands, an international incident on the open sea because they could not
call for help and a please explain to your board why you are being sued.
Te Tuhi Kelly of the Progressive Party
Corey Numa on 17/07/2023
PS - Sim free phones are already in market. Kids use unlimited data from Starlink to connect with friends via apps, not telco's. The business model from existing telco's that underpinned their success, needs to adapt to new market trends and needs in order to survive. "Think improving customer processes for tourists purchasing data blocks or offering Cook Islanders digital solutions to embrace the new technology"... There is countless other ways to generate profit for the Govt. / telco sector. Think digital business hubs, streaming sports & entertainment services, International business meetings & conferences that can take place knowing IT works...