The founder of the hugely popular Megaupload site is building plans to provide free internet for all of New Zealand by suing Hollywood and the US government for running his business into the ground. Kim Dotcom (Kim Schmitz) faces extradition March and has since engaged in an ardent campaign to win over public support. The plan involves reviving plans for a second fibre optic cable across the Pacific to USA, which will double NZ’s current internet bandwidth.
“You have clean and cheap energy here. 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 business. Unfortunately, the current government wants to invest into more tarmac roads. In 10 to 15 years most people will work and shop from home. You don’t need tarmac, you need fibre!”