Today we found out Telecom New Zealand settled in a misleading broadband advertising case. This paragraph caught my eye:
"Telecom has also agreed to pay $75,000 to Consumer New Zealand Inc to assist in the funding of a telecommunications Price Comparison Project which is intended to provide an internet-based tool for consumers to compare the prices of different telecommunications products."
Wow! $75,000 is a lot of money.
Telecom, may I suggest instead you hand this money (or a good chunk of it) to James (Geekzone manhinli, Twitter @manhinli) a student who single-handledly (ok, with the help of a few other Geekzone users I know) has created New Zealand connections, a website that is (using your own words, Telecom) an internet-based tool for consumers to compare the prices of different telecommunications products.
I suspect he would be more than happy with some of this money, plus perhaps some hosting in a good datacentre, and links from your main corporate site. He could even spend more time in improving the awesome New Zealand Broadband Plan Finder page with all this.
Telecom, do the right thing. Consumer New Zealand is good, but there's someone out there who would do much better. I know. And you would be giving a young developer well deserved recognition.
PS. I have the impression Consumer New Zealand won't like me after this post.
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