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Thanks to the hard work of Dionisia Tabureguci, the Coconut Wireless has been featured in July’s edition of Pacific Islands Business Magazine. It is a matter of great pride for me to have to this site referred to in a publication like Islands Business. It’s all part of an effort to give the public a better understanding of how telecommunications affects the future of our islands.

Recently, I came across this article via the Radio New Zealand website, that included the following:

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If you read about functional separation on this website, then you have a very solid understanding on one of the most important regulatory tools for enabling competition in telecommunications. The UK and New Zealand have successfully implemented functional separation on their incumbent operators. Australia is very close on their heels.

From a CommsDay report, we learn:

In Australia, the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy has hired a BT director to provide a $60,000 consultancy on functional separation.

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More dissension in the ATH family. Several tipsters forwarded me an email that has recently been circulated by KIDANET support. It appears that Connect is blocking email messages originating from KIDANET users. This is an unfortunate development and one we hope is resolved quickly. The era of liberalisation should be marked by fair competition, not petty displays such as this.

Regulatory authorities must be vigilant against this type of behavior and should have the ability to slap fines and other sanctions in a timely manner. 

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