DCC : Enterprise Dunedin : Gigatown —DEEP QUESTIONS

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Anonymous
Submitted on 2015/07/29 at 9:47 am

Where is the Gigatown?
What has been accomplished since February?
What happened to the $50K for “key projects”?
Who is employed by the Digital Office, on the ground, currently?
Where is the new office, the physical presence, supposedly in George St?
What has happened to the $200K approved by Council from July 2015 onwards?
What has happened to the Project Coordinator Position in Enterprise Dunedin? And the associated $100K also approved by Council?
Where is the social media campaign, supposedly delegated to Digital Office in June?
Where is the PR campaign, supposedly awarded to Glow PR in June?
Where is the Gigabit WiFi, supposedly delegated to Digital Office in June?
Where are the companies who moved to Dunedin on the back of the win?

Does the DCT still meet weekly on Mondays? Where are the reports of these meetings?

In short, where is the “game-changing economic boost” promised by the same Mayor who is off to China to explore the next “huge potential”?

Gigatown Dunedin – Plan for Success FINAL
via chorus.co.nz

[excerpt – click to enlarge]Gigatown Dunedin Plan for Success FINAL [chorus.co.nz] excerpt

Virtual Eye Published on Jun 12, 2014
Gigatown Dunedin
#GigatownDunedin is Dunedin’s answer to Chorus’s Gigatown competition. As part of the competition, businesses had to answer five questions put forward by Chorus. This is how ARL answered those questions, on behalf of our hometown.
(In October 2013, Chorus announced that one town in New Zealand would receive the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere at extraordinarily cheap prices.)

Otago Daily Times Published on Nov 17, 2014
Gigatown Dunedin Stage2
This #gigatownDUN video is part of Dunedin’s entry into the #gigatown New Zealand competition, the video accompanies the written submission in the final round, the Plan for Gig Success.

Dave Cull student union bollard [20141008_195305]OUSA poster bollard

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47 responses to “DCC : Enterprise Dunedin : Gigatown —DEEP QUESTIONS

  1. I asked about UFB for my home connection but was told by Chorus, ORCON, and many other ISPs that there would be no fibre in my street until 2019-2020. I am not so interested now and may just remain with ADSL. The Gigatown office told me I would need a group of interested people before they would take any submission seriously. UFB which is just ‘broadband’ or just an internet connection overseas is obviously not for everyone. I have not heard anyone crowing about how much work they are getting done or how it has brought business and wealth to Dunedin. Who, apart from the schools which are on a different network to individual private subscribers, actually use UFB?

    • Mike

      If you are waiting that long and VDSL is available in your neighbourhood it’s worth the upgrade, at least it mostly was for me.

      I say “mostly” because I’m a long way from the cabinet so I didn’t get the full boost, and when it rains very hard mine goes out (try and get someone out to look at it on a day like that, it takes a week or so). When it works it’s great, my friend a block from the same cabinet is particularly happy

      I do actually see them pulling in installations from their original published dates, mine that had been moving ahead year by year, then month by month seems to have stalled and I see them approaching my neighbourhood.

      The slow progress is on streets where it’s undergrounded, streets that currently have their phone service on poles get their fibre that way too – obviously the cables are heavy because I see them doing a lot of replacement of poles installing their own poles next to (within half a metre) the existing poles – I presume (hope) they’ll be transferring both the phone and power infrastructure to the new poles and not leaving us with a whole bunch of double poles.

      Just out of interest anyone know who decides which streets get underground services? it would have been nice to have pushed all the fibre and phone underground as this process occurred.

  2. Elizabeth

    The hopelessly predictable inauspicious start to Gigatown Dunedin.

    Recent ODT opinion and articles:

    18.7.15 Editorial: Opportunities and challenges
    ICT is clearly important to Dunedin’s future, even if Gigatown Dunedin at this stage is seemingly subdued, and the city needs more hi-tech companies.

    30.6.15 Mayor says spending cuts not sole objective [DCC Long Term Plan]
    The council approved a plan for the future of Gigatown in Dunedin, which will provide $100,000 to hire a project co-ordinator, and $150,000 towards projects. The co-ordinator, once hired, would report to the council’s economic development unit, Enterprise Dunedin. The $150,000 would be split between community development projects, economic development and business projects, and other projects that would maximise Gigatown outcomes.

    30.6.15 Giga-experts offer ideas
    Dunedin was rewarded for its Gigatown win yesterday with a visit from US-based start-up business adviser Co. Starters. The visit was organised by Chorus as part of the win.

    29.6.15 Long term plan to be decided
    The meeting will also debate […] a plan to approve $250,000 of funding for Gigatown in Dunedin. That money, if approved, would include $100,000 for a Gigatown project co-ordinator.

    11.6.15 Need for bigger uptake
    Dunedin needs to show a big increase in its uptake of gigabit internet speeds if it is to capitalise on its Gigatown win, Communications Minister Amy Adams says.

    22.5.15 Dunedin’s gigabit roll-out needs to be faster
    The issues raised by Dean Hall (ODT, 20.5.15) around the roll-out of the gigabit network highlights both the opportunities and the challenges Dunedin faces as it looks to its future.

    20.5.15 UFB link setbacks frustrate
    A star video-game developer has pulled back from slamming Gigatown as “a joke”, but says delays accessing high-speed internet have held back plans for expansion in Dunedin.

    19.5.15 A quarter million Gigatown dollars
    Dunedin city councillors unanimously voted in favour of spending $250,000 to help Dunedin take full advantage of its Gigatown victory. The allocation of funds at yesterday’s long-term plan deliberations was subject to council staff coming up with an implementation plan for how the money would be spent and governing the process for distributing it.

    15.5.15 City readies to take advantage of Gigatown
    Gigatown was a hot issue at yesterday’s long-term plan hearings, but concerns had already been raised. “No-one was prepared” for what to do when Dunedin won Gigatown, the group working on the roll-out says. Five months after the city won the Chorus-run competition, the social media noise which helped it win has gone quiet.

  3. Elizabeth

    Oh. Gigatown is alive because it dishes out dosh. Ah-ha, OK……..
    Does J Christie or DCC read tweets from What if? Rhetorical.

    ### ODT Online Mon, 3 Aug 2015
    Grants ‘great news’ for Gigatown entrepreneurs
    By Craig Borley
    To the victor go the spoils, and Dunedin’s Gigatown win is now starting to deliver tangible benefits to the city and its businesses. Three grants totalling $47,000 have been dished out to three Dunedin entrepreneurs utilising the gigaspeed technology now available in the city.
    Read more [if you dare]

    Confess I have no idea what J Christie is saying specifically of import.

  4. Anonymous

    The physical presence is supposed to be downstairs at the shopfront under the Civic centre.
    This is the space currently occupied by the Dunedin Fringe Festival HQ.
    Which is there until mid-August at least.
    So if the plan is going ahead, then it’s at least a month from now before that happens.

    Where is the money?

  5. Elizabeth

    Lil peep out of the Digital Office….

    ### ODT Online Wed, 5 Aug 2015
    Residents want faster internet
    By Shawn McAvinue
    Middlemarch residents have been fast to engage with a Government initiative that could rid the “tourist hub” of its slow internet connection. […] Digital Office project manager Josh Jenkins would hold a community workshop in Middlemarch to “get a feel” on what the community wanted and understand the level of digital use and digital skills in the district.
    Read more

  6. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Dunedin’s ultra-fast broadband roll-out expected to take another four years
    Dunedin’s ultra-fast broadband roll-out is expected to take another four years to complete. So far it’s only half done, with just over 28,000 possible connections. They include homes, businesses and schools. The government aims to provide ultra-fast broadband access to 75% of the population by 2019. That’s when Dunedin’s roll-out should be completed.
    Ch39 Link

    39 Dunedin Television Published on Aug 12, 2015
    Dunedin’s Ultra-fast Broadband Expected to Take Another Four Years

  7. Calvin Oaten

    ‘Dunedin’s ultra-fast broadband roll-out is expected to take another four years to complete. So far it’s only half done, with just over 28,000 possible connections.’
    ‘The government aims to provide ultra-fast broadband access to 75% of the population by 2019.’
    Now that’s a coincidence, a Gigacountry at the same time as Dunedin becomes a Gigatown. Does any-one get the idea our ‘muppets’ in the Town Hall have been conned? How many hundreds of thousand dollars of ratepayers’ treasure down the ‘turler’ on this one? John Christie the ‘cheer leader’ getting all wet over the ‘bullshit’ he’s been, and is, spinning. Dave Cull sucked it up like a sponge as well. Ian Taylor of course couldn’t resist being a cheer leader with all his ‘chutzpah’. The greatest laughs of all will be in the boardroom of ‘Spark’, they’ll be wetting themselves at the massive promotion of the greatest government backed “trick or treat” stunt in a long time. At least CEO Bidrose got a trip to Chattanooga out of it. The rest just get the “selfie”.

  8. Gurglars

    They bought Tulips, south sea islands, global warming and the millenium bug. Many still buy snake oil. Whatever would make you think people have become more discerning Calvin. They believe Journalists!

  9. Gurglars

    Not to forget Banks are here to help you (be robbed), Dogs don’t bite, Sharks are harmless and the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth. Lets agree, Dave Cull is a nice bloke and deserves to be the mayor! We’ve got to get nice people into publc office. Look we are all naive, and none so naive as to believe elected officials will, have any control, over the unelected bureaucracy. Whilst you keep paying rates, some smarties will spend your rates on their progress.

  10. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sun, 30 Aug 2015
    High-speed Wi-Fi coming to Octagon
    By Craig Borley
    Dunedin’s Octagon will be home to free and fast gigabit Wi-Fi from Monday, with several other sites around the city to follow. […] It was expected public access would be available in September before an official launch of the Octagon service, expected in October.
    Read more

    █ Plans also under way to add gigabit Wi-Fi to several other areas around the city, including outside Dunedin’s core urban area.

    • What gigabit Wifi? It is my understanding that wifi is only capable of a third of that speed. Some unscrupulous companies are marketing their wifi as gigabit but it’s just marketing puffery.
      And wasn’t Gigatown meant to bring benefit to the City. Paying for “free” (ie ratepayer-funded) is just extra cost.

      • Elizabeth

        Hmm, Sandy has some explaining to do.

        • Mike

          802.11n is 600Mb/s – close enough to a gig for me.

          In reality though a lot of public wifi is rate limited to well below the max rate so that multiple users can share the back haul (in this case fibre). I suspect what they’re really talking about here is that they have a gigabit back haul and so can loosen the individual data rate limits.

  11. Anonymous

    802.11ac (the proposed standard in the tender) is up to 3×3 MIMO at 433Mbps per spatial stream, for a total of 1300Mbps on the physical data rate.

    Throughput will be less than that – in perfect conditions, with a suitable device (also 3x3MIMO), you might get 400-600MBps down and up to 500Mbps up.

    Most devices out there will be 802.11N (some 2.4GHz, most 5GHz) for 25-100Mbps, some 2×2 802.11ac MIMO for up to 200Mbps and a very few 3×3 MIMO for maximum speeds.

  12. Elizabeth

    The Digital Office gets a tiny mention. Justifying that fat salary, maybe not.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 9 Sep 2015
    Ultra-fast broadband candidates chosen
    By Shawn McAvinue
    Waldronville, Outram and Middlemarch residents have put their “best foot forward” to get ultra-fast broadband and have made the Government’s first stage of selection. […] Digital Office project manager Josh Jenkins said he was pleased with the help of residents in Waldronville, Outram and Middlemarch in his lobbying to get ultra-fast broadband for the communities.
    Read more

  13. Anonymous

    Yeah yeah. Go back and revisit the questions.
    The last tweet from the social media acccount was 3 weeks ago.
    The office downstairs at George St still has Fringe Office posters up.
    Where is the money that Council signed off in June?
    Why has Octagon WiFi been upgraded before the close of the Gigabit WiFi tender? Leading the horse?

  14. Elizabeth

    [Gigatown]
    Octagon’s gigabit Wi-Fi not the fastest bike ride in town ?

    ### ODT Online Fri, 2 Oct 2015
    Gigabit Wi-Fi hits 95Mbps
    By Craig Borley
    Live sport, blockbuster movies, children’s television and more were playing on dozens of smartphones in the Octagon yesterday as the city’s free gigabit Wi-Fi got a test run. […] Council appointee for the Digital Community Trust Cr Andrew Whiley said the testing had gone well, with speeds generally ranging between 70 and 95 megabits per second (Mbps) – depending on where people were standing and what device they had.
    Read more

    Related Post:
    14.2.14 DCC: Broadband AND bicycles #fraudband speed

  15. Calvin Oaten

    Excuse my naivety, but what is the inherent value to the economy of Dunedin by being able to, at super speeds, read and transcribe ‘crap’ in the Octagon? This, like most of the ‘gigatown’ ‘b/dust’ is pure self indulgence.

  16. Elizabeth

    Dunedin’s push to become one of the world’s leading “smart cities” is under way.

    ### ODT Online Wed, 7 Oct 2015
    ‘We start here. Day one. Gig City’
    By Craig Borley
    A masterplan to relaunch Dunedin as a smart city has been hatched, and will begin with today’s official launch of New Zealand’s first gig-speed free public Wi-Fi in the Octagon. With speeds more than 50 times faster than the Wi-Fi it replaced, the Octagon’s service was now one of the fastest free and public Wi-Fi hubs in the world.
    Read more

    ****

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Wed, 7 Oct 2015
    Fastest free public internet launched in the Octagon
    The city is now believed to boast the fastest free public internet in the country. It’s just been launched in the Octagon, as part of a bigger technology project. And more benefits are expected.
    Ch39 Link

    39 Dunedin Television Published on Oct 6, 2015
    Fastest free public internet launched in the Octagon

  17. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 8 Oct 2015
    Chorus accelerates gigabit schedule
    By Craig Borley
    Dunedin has received a significant boost in its “smart city” push.
    Chorus last night announced plans to accelerate its Dunedin gigabit broadband schedule by two years. The city’s “communal build” – laying fibre under Dunedin’s streets, but not the individual connections to people’s homes – will be brought forward from a December 2019 completion to a December 2017 completion.
    Read more

    The masterplan (via ODT)

    • Today’s Octagon Wi-Fi launch, and future Wi-Fi sites around the city.
    • A new GigCity website being developed by Dunedin’s Animation Research Ltd.
    • A “meshing” of the city’s top tourism sites, all connected to and utilising UFB.
    • The development of a “GigCity Centre” in Dunedin’s central library, to showcase UFB’s potential and be a “shopfront” for [enquiries].
    • Dispersing a $500,000 “community fund” in $20,000 chunks to people, businesses or groups with plans to utilise gig-technology for community development.

    double Yawn

  18. Anonymous

    Speed reports from various sources indicate around 20Mbps typical. Highest published result is 95Mbps. Hardly “gig speed”.

  19. Hype O'Thermia

    In horsedrawn abacus days it would have been.

  20. Calvin Oaten

    I didn’t know they used horses to operate an abacus. Coincidence maybe but horses were also used to tow ‘gigs’. Back to the future eh?

  21. Elizabeth

    LGOIMA request and DCC provisional reply to 25.10.15.
    DCC has yet to reply to my email of 26.10.15.

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Saturday, 26 September 2015 8:51 p.m.
    To: Sandy Graham [DCC]; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher; Grace Ockwell [All of DCC]
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear Sandy

    Reference No: 519310

    Thanks for your phone call (24.9.15) and our brief discussion, and your interim response below.

    Apologies it has taken until the weekend to look at how best to prioritise bullet points of my information request (dated 19.9.15) for 3 hours’ free search.

    Here is my considered reply:

    1. I request copy of all Digital Community Trust (DCT) / Dunedin City Council / Chorus minutes, agendas and reports relating to Gigatown, for the period 1 November 2014 to the present.
    I note DCT has made the statement that they’re “open, transparent and accountable to the community” – as such, a significant amount of DCC search isn’t expected or required. Given their claim, and since DCT appears not to have published these, it would be inequitable for DCC to charge for this information.

    *[Leadership] “The Digital Community Trust will lead the governance of Gigatown and will be accountable to the community, and its decisions will be transparent to stakeholders, the wider community, and other cities throughout NZ (see appendix for trustees of the Trust).”
    https://www.chorus.co.nz/file/65245/Gigatown-Dunedin—Plan-for-Success_FINAL.pdf

    2. I request all copy of DCC communications re Octagon Free WiFi.

    1. and 2. above should fall within the 3 hours of search time. If however you estimate the work going above 3 hours’ free search, please provide full itemisation of costs as per DCC policy; the estimate to be received in writing, electronically.

    I welcome the information by electronic copy (not photocopy).

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth Kerr
    Dunedin

    ———————————

    From: Sandy Graham [DCC]
    Sent: Friday, 25 September 2015 12:39 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher; Grace Ockwell [All of DCC]
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear Elizabeth

    Thank you for your time on the phone yesterday. Following our conversation here is the information I said I would send today.

    You specifically asked as follows:

    What I am seeking here given my bullet points above, is:
    Who authorised the upgrade of Octagon Free WiFi to gigabit and when, how much did that cost and which parties paid which amounts?

    As discussed here is the information relating to the WiFi in the Octagon. Overall responsibility for this area sits with me. The budget had been increased to allow for an upgrade of the Octagon free WiFi. I approved the upgrade. The budgets are as follows:

    2014/15
    The 2014/15 approved budget for Octagon WiFi was $8,000.00. The actual costs for Octagon WiFi were $6,845.00

    2015/16
    The budget was increased in the LTP for 2015/16 to $52,000.00 to allow for the installation, cost and maintenance of upgrading to GIG enabled WiFi connectivity. This work has now been completed and the total cost to upgrade the existing Octagon WiFi hardware and infrastructure was $11,054.25. Chorus have donated $10,000 to offset the cost of installation. The first monthly invoice for service provision of GIG WiFi was received a few days ago totalling $1,519.25. The ongoing monthly costs will continue to be met by the DCC out of the budget of $52,000.

    The upgrade was completed at the end of August and has been in testing since then. My understanding is that it is now fully functional but I haven’t had an opportunity to log on yet so I can’t confirm that.

    As to the other bullet points in your email, we discussed yesterday the work required to answer the request as it currently stands. I advised that we provide three hours free of charge but time spent in excess of that can be charged for in line with our charging policy. We discussed your possibly refining the request and prioritising which information you would like us to focus on. You were going to consider that.

    I have yet to hear back from you and it would be helpful if you could respond so we can progress the request.

    Regards
    Sandy

    ———————————

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Saturday, 19 September 2015 4:51 p.m.
    To: DCC LGOIMA Information Request; Grace Ockwell [DCC]
    Cc: Elizabeth Kerr; Sandy Graham [DCC]; Sue Bidrose [DCC]; Kristy Rusher [DCC]
    Subject: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear All

    The following official information request has been submitted via the DCC website portal at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/official-information

    Reference No: 519310

    Preferring use of the email address officialinformation@dcc.govt.nz that Sandy kindly supplied over the DCC website online form, please note that I am requesting the following official information (LGOIMA):

    • Copy of all agendas, minutes and reports of meetings between DCC Staff and/or Digital Community Trust staff (DCT) and Chorus, for the period November 2014 to the present.

    • Copy of all communications between DCC Staff and Chorus with relation to the Octagon free Wifi upgrade in the same period (November 2014 to the present).

    • Copy of all consents granted by DCC for any properties in the Octagon that it owns for the purpose of installation of Ultra-Fast Broadband and the amounts of any landlord/owner contribution to installation costs made.

    • Copy of all amounts paid to Unifone NZ Ltd for the purpose of upgrading infrastructure for Octagon Free WiFi project (copies of invoices).

    • Copy of minutes and or DCC Staff notes of all meetings between DCC Staff and any representatives of Unifone NZ Ltd relating to the Octagon Free WiFi project.

    • Copy of all contract documents relating to the Octagon Free WiFi project in the period January 2009 to the present; and copies of invoices paid.

    It is my understanding that Digital Community Trust (DCT) is subject to LGOIMA requests in the same way that Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust is. I refer you to the letter dated 14.2.12 from then Chief Executive Paul Orders to Bev Butler, publicly available via https://dunedinstadium.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/bev-butler-re-legal-opinions-14-feb-2012.pdf [What if? Dunedin website].

    What I am seeking here given my bullet points above, is:
    Who authorised the upgrade of Octagon Free WiFi to gigabit and when, how much did that cost and which parties paid which amounts?

    Thanks, I look forward to your prompt response in electronic format.

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth Kerr
    Dunedin

  22. Elizabeth

    Pockets of entrepreneurship were shown here and there but, in general, there was a feeling of “so what”?

    ### ODT Online Sat, 10 Oct 2015
    Editorial: Flicking the switch
    Dunedin won the Gigatown competition in great style and the community rallied around to ensure the city gained access to the fastest broadband in the Southern Hemisphere. And there it stopped for quite a while.
    Read more

  23. Anonymous

    My little bird tells me that “gig” speed in the Octagon is < 2Mbps in normal (not controlled testing) usage, as recently as Friday.

  24. Elizabeth

    LGOIMA request to DCC

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Saturday, 26 September 2015 8:51 p.m.
    To: Sandy Graham [DCC]; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher; Grace Ockwell [All of DCC]
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear Sandy

    Reference No: 519310

    Thanks for your phone call (24.9.15) and our brief discussion, and your interim response below.

    Apologies it has taken until the weekend to look at how best to prioritise bullet points of my information request (dated 19.9.15) for 3 hours’ free search.

    Here is my considered reply:

    1. I request copy of all Digital Community Trust (DCT) / Dunedin City Council / Chorus minutes, agendas and reports relating to Gigatown, for the period 1 November 2014 to the present.
    I note DCT has made the statement that they’re “open, transparent and accountable to the community” – as such, a significant amount of DCC search isn’t expected or required. Given their claim, and since DCT appears not to have published these, it would be inequitable for DCC to charge for this information.

    *[Leadership] “The Digital Community Trust will lead the governance of Gigatown and will be accountable to the community, and its decisions will be transparent to stakeholders, the wider community, and other cities throughout NZ (see appendix for trustees of the Trust).”
    https://www.chorus.co.nz/file/65245/Gigatown-Dunedin—Plan-for-Success_FINAL.pdf

    2. I request all copy of DCC communications re Octagon Free WiFi.

    1. and 2. above should fall within the 3 hours of search time. If however you estimate the work going above 3 hours’ free search, please provide full itemisation of costs as per DCC policy; the estimate to be received in writing, electronically.

    I welcome the information by electronic copy (not photocopy).

    Kind regards, Elizabeth

    ———————————————

    From: Sandy Graham [DCC]
    Sent: Friday, 25 September 2015 12:39 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher; Grace Ockwell [All of DCC]
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear Elizabeth

    Thank you for your time on the phone yesterday. Following our conversation here is the information I said I would send today.

    You specifically asked as follows:

    What I am seeking here given my bullet points above, is:
    Who authorised the upgrade of Octagon Free WiFi to gigabit and when, how much did that cost and which parties paid which amounts?

    As discussed here is the information relating to the WiFi in the Octagon. Overall responsibility for this area sits with me. The budget had been increased to allow for an upgrade of the Octagon free WiFi. I approved the upgrade. The budgets are as follows:

    2014/15
    The 2014/15 approved budget for Octagon WiFi was $8,000.00. The actual costs for Octagon WiFi were $6,845.00

    2015/16
    The budget was increased in the LTP for 2015/16 to $52,000.00 to allow for the installation, cost and maintenance of upgrading to GIG enabled WiFi connectivity. This work has now been completed and the total cost to upgrade the existing Octagon WiFi hardware and infrastructure was $11,054.25. Chorus have donated $10,000 to offset the cost of installation. The first monthly invoice for service provision of GIG WiFi was received a few days ago totalling $1,519.25. The ongoing monthly costs will continue to be met by the DCC out of the budget of $52,000.

    The upgrade was completed at the end of August and has been in testing since then. My understanding is that it is now fully functional but I haven’t had an opportunity to log on yet so I can’t confirm that.

    As to the other bullet points in your email, we discussed yesterday the work required to answer the request as it currently stands. I advised that we provide three hours free of charge but time spent in excess of that can be charged for in line with our charging policy. We discussed your possibly refining the request and prioritising which information you would like us to focus on. You were going to consider that.

    I have yet to hear back from you and it would be helpful if you could respond so we can progress the request.

    Regards
    Sandy

    ———————————————

    From: Elizabeth Kerr [mailto:ejkerr@ihug.co.nz]
    Sent: Saturday, 19 September 2015 4:51 p.m.
    To: DCC LGOIMA Information Request; Grace Ockwell [DCC]
    Cc: Elizabeth Kerr; [All of DCC] Sandy Graham; Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher
    Subject: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear All

    The following official information request has been submitted via the DCC website portal at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/official-information

    Reference No: 519310

    Preferring use of the email address officialinformation @dcc.govt.nz that Sandy kindly supplied over the DCC website online form, please note that I am requesting the following official information (LGOIMA):

    ● Copy of all agendas, minutes and reports of meetings between DCC Staff and/or Digital Community Trust staff (DCT) and Chorus, for the period November 2014 to the present.

    ● Copy of all communications between DCC Staff and Chorus with relation to the Octagon free Wifi upgrade in the same period (November 2014 to the present).

    ● Copy of all consents granted by DCC for any properties in the Octagon that it owns for the purpose of installation of Ultra-Fast Broadband and the amounts of any landlord/owner contribution to installation costs made.

    ● Copy of all amounts paid to Unifone NZ Ltd for the purpose of upgrading infrastructure for Octagon Free WiFi project (copies of invoices).

    ● Copy of minutes and or DCC Staff notes of all meetings between DCC Staff and any representatives of Unifone NZ Ltd relating to the Octagon Free WiFi project.

    ● Copy of all contract documents relating to the Octagon Free WiFi project in the period January 2009 to the present; and copies of invoices paid.

    It is my understanding that Digital Community Trust (DCT) is subject to LGOIMA requests in the same way that Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust is. I refer you to the letter dated 14.2.12 from then Chief Executive Paul Orders to Bev Butler, publicly available via https://dunedinstadium.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/bev-butler-re-legal-opinions-14-feb-2012.pdf [What if? Dunedin website].

    What I am seeking here given my bullet points above, is:
    Who authorised the upgrade of Octagon Free WiFi to gigabit and when, how much did that cost and which parties paid which amounts?

    Thanks, I look forward to your prompt response in electronic format.

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth Kerr

  25. Elizabeth

    GigCity is a loaded PR / marketing stretch from the useless Gigatown label. Who gives a flying toss on the microbranding. What a sad bunch of cowpoo.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 30 Oct 2015
    GigCity co-ordinator at the wheel
    By Craig Borley
    Dunedin’s GigCity ship finally has a captain. Dunedin woman Lesley Marriot started in the new GigCity project co-ordinator role this month. Digital Community Trust chairman and GigCity spokesman John Gallaher said the appointment meant there was now a person whose job it was to “drive the whole GigCity initiative”, while giving the Digital Community Trust, which had thrown significant volunteer hours at pushing the GigCity programme, an “additional resource to get the best out of this opportunity”.
    Read more

    █ According to the original post at top of thread, how many questions have been answered.

  26. Calvin Oaten

    Who pays Leslie Marriot? Does she have a performance clause in her contract? If the system is supplied (supposedly by Chorus or ‘Sparks’-Telecom???) then it is up to the individual consumer to decide without coercion whether or not it is suitable or advantageous to connect. Why the need for this “ballyhoo” mystifies.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      And what are her tasks, precisely? By what criteria will her success, seat-warming or failure be assessed – and when?

  27. Anonymous

    Updated:

    >Where is the Gigatown?

    Now rebranded to “Gig City”, with “Day One” 7th October 2015.

    >What has been accomplished since February?

    Head of DCT ditched. John Gallaher appointed as new head. Chorus rollout accelerated to complete by 2017. Entry-level pricing extended by 1 year.

    >What happened to the $50K for “key projects”?

    Unknown.

    >Who is employed by the Digital Office, on the ground, currently?

    Unknown. All staff are “contractors”.

    >Where is the new office, the physical presence, supposedly in George St?

    Did not eventuate. New physical presence to be within Dunedin Public Library.

    >What has happened to the $200K approved by Council from July 2015 >onwards?

    Unknown.

    >What has happened to the Project Coordinator Position in Enterprise >Dunedin? And the associated $100K also approved by Council?

    Coordinator appointed and on-board since 7th October 2015. Salary rumoured to be in the $120-140K range.

    >Where is the social media campaign, supposedly delegated to Digital Office >in June?

    Very sparse activity.

    >Where is the PR campaign, supposedly awarded to Glow PR in June?

    Video profiles posted occasionally. Campaign being directed behind the scenes by Chorus.

    >Where is the Gigabit WiFi, supposedly delegated to Digital Office in June?

    Implemented by public-private partnership DCC-Chorus-Unifone. Budget $54K approved in July by Council. $15K setup costs, $18K annual costs. Launched 7th October 2015.

    >Where are the companies who moved to Dunedin on the back of the win?

    Unknown.

    >Does the DCT still meet weekly on Mondays? Where are the reports of >these meetings?

    Unknown. OIA request not forthcoming.

  28. Elizabeth

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Sunday, 1 November 2015 1:32 a.m.
    To: Sandy Graham; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher; Grace Ockwell
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request

    Dear Sandy

    Reference No: 519310

    There has been no further exchange in regards to my Official Information Request since my email dated Saturday, 26 September 2015 at 8:51 p.m.

    The 20 working day period for DCC reply is well exceeded.

    Please advise reason(s) for this breach of requirement (LGOIMA), given correspondence below.

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth Kerr

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    [the chain of correspondence included with this email is recorded in the comments thread above]

  29. Anonymous

    Competitive estimates:

    Equipment cost (per site): $930 inc GST
    Retail gigabit service : $150/month inc GST
    Three sites in the Octagon, existing cabling.

    Cost (year 1): $8190
    Cost (years 2-): $5400

    Chorus contribution: $10,000
    Actual budget (2015 Annual Plan): $52,000
    Annual running cost (DCC figures): $18,000

    That’s quite a substantial margin. For the $52,000 budget, you could run the service for 8 years; with the current spend the contractor would get $144K during that period, gross profit $92K. No wonder they aren’t keen to release the OIA response.

  30. Elizabeth

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Monday, 2 November 2015 10:40 p.m.
    To: Sandy Graham; DCC LGOIMA Information Request
    Cc: Sue Bidrose; Kristy Rusher; Grace Ockwell; Elizabeth Kerr; ODTeditor
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request – Community Trust(DCT) / Dunedin City Council / Chorus; Octagon Free WiFi

    Dear Sandy

    Reference No: 519310

    RE Digital Community Trust (DCT) / Dunedin City Council / Chorus minutes, agendas and reports relating to Gigatown, for the period 1 November 2014 to the present. DCC communications re Octagon Free WiFi.

    Following the lack of DCC reply to my email of 1 November 2015, the matter will be forwarded as a formal complaint to the Ombudsman. The 20 working day limit for DCC response has been exceeded.

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth Kerr

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  31. Elizabeth

    Received.

    From: Grace Ockwell
    Sent: Tuesday, 3 November 2015 3:42 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Cc: Kristy Rusher; Sandy Graham
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request – Community Trust (DCT)/ Dunedin City Council / Chorus; Octagon Free WiFi

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Thank you also for your email of 1 November 2015 enquiring as to progress with responding to your request and your email of today.

    Your request has been considered under the provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) and the following response is provided.

    In researching and collating a response to your request 24 sets of agendas (including associated reports) and minutes have been located. 459 emails also fall within the ambit of your request.

    In order to use the research time wisely, we have not yet considered whether any of the information collated would need to be redacted.

    We have exceeded three hours to this point, however we can make one further hour available at no charge. We will be in touch with you next week with a detailed breakdown of the estimated costs in completing your request and to prioritise what information you wish to receive.

    Kind regards,

    Grace Ockwell
    Governance Support Officer
    Civic and Legal

    Dunedin City Council

    —————————————

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Tuesday, 3 November 2015 3:56 p.m.
    To: Grace Ockwell
    Cc: Kristy Rusher; Sandy Graham; ODTeditor; Sue Bidrose
    Subject: RE: DCC LGOIMA official information request – Community Trust(DCT)/ Dunedin City Council / Chorus; Octagon Free WiFi

    Dear Grace

    Reference No: 519310

    Your reply is acknowledged.
    I look forward to your next week’s communication on estimated costs in completing my official information request.

    Notwithstanding, the 20 working day limit for DCC response has been exceeded.

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth Kerr

  32. Elizabeth

    Property owners still had to get the fibre from the street to their homes or businesses. –John Gallaher, GigCity Dunedin

    ### ODT Online Tue, 10 Nov 2015
    Gigabit broadband rollout speeds up
    By Craig Borley
    Almost every property in metropolitan Dunedin will have access to gigabit broadband within two years, Chorus confirmed yesterday. The telecommunications infrastructure company announced last month it planned to accelerate the rollout of Dunedin’s fibre network to bring better benefits for the city after its Gigatown win.
    Read more

    • Mike

      A friend was livid the map in the ODT shows she’ll now have to wait 2 years longer than she was promised … but then the fibre is already laid in her street and the Chorus online map still promises that fibre was to be installed 10 days ago (but is not turned on yet).

      So take the ODT’s map with a grain of salt it’s certainly wrong in places.

  33. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Tue, 17 Nov 2015
    Taylor blasts slow GigCity progress
    By Chris Morris
    Dunedin’s GigCity go-slow has been criticised by one of the city’s leading businessmen. Ian Taylor, chief executive of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), blasted the city’s ”disappointing” attempts to make the most of its GigCity advantage at yesterday’s Dunedin City Council public forum.
    Read more

    …. It’s OK, it wasn’t Ian – “DCC building evacuated”
    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/363480/dcc-building-evacuated

  34. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 21 Nov 2015
    Dunedin rivals best tech hubs
    By Craig Borley
    […] Dunedin is showing all the signs of a tech industry explosion. Start-ups are appearing constantly, and then expanding. Established companies are leading the world and continuing to innovate and grow. The city’s internet infrastructure is rapidly becoming the best in the southern hemisphere.
    Read more

    Profiled:
    ● Animation Research Ltd, Dowling St http://www.arl.co.nz/
    ● ADInstruments, Vogel St http://www.adinstruments.com/
    ● The Tarn Group, Princes St http://www.thetarngroup.com/
    ● MixBit, Princes St https://mixbit.com/
    ● NHNZ, Princes St http://www.nhnz.tv/
    ● Education Perfect, George St http://worldseries.educationperfect.com/

  35. Elizabeth

    An undercurrent of disappointment with Dunedin’s response to its gigatown win had been noticeable, the Digital Community Trust’s Sarah Simmers said.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 26 Nov 2015
    Gigabit uptake good but smart city a ‘long game’
    By Craig Borley
    …. Latest figures, from September 30, announced this week by Communications Minister Amy Adams showed Dunedin’s ultra-fast broadband rollout was 53% complete. That meant 29,758 homes, schools and businesses were able to connect to gigabit internet. A Chorus spokesman said the latest uptake figures, from earlier this month, showed 2457 Dunedin customers were connected to gigabit plans and a further 6957 customers had fibre connections.
    Read more

  36. Elizabeth

    Received from Anonymous
    Sun, 6 Dec 2015 at 8:20 p.m.

    Subject: Gigatown?
    Looks like Hamilton is going giga and Dunedin is going gaga!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/74604145/microsoft-pushing-waikato-as-a-technology-hub

    Microsoft’s GM backing Waikato University, even moving his residence and business to the Waikato.

    [ends]

  37. Calvin Oaten

    Does John Christie know Barrie Sheers? Has he been invited to Dunedin to acquaint himself with its potential? If not, why not? Too busy visiting China perhaps.

    {‎Barry Sheers is Managing Director, Microsoft New Zealand. -Eds}

  38. Elizabeth

    Ahoy CHC !!! —–(lil gigcity calling from the south…..)

    Vodafone: “We’ve got this incredible set of capabilities and we’ll be inviting them in.” … “The xone that we’re launching now is actually the seventh in the world, so we’re linking into that global network.”

    ### idealog.co.nz 08 Dec 2015
    Vodafone launches global start-up accelerator in Christchurch
    By Jonathan Cotton
    Vodafone has announced the creation of a start-up accelerator inside its $50 million HQ in the Christchurch innovation precinct. The accelerator, known as ‘Vodafone xone’, will open in May 2016 and offer Kiwi entrepreneurs premises, support and access to Vodafone’s networks.

    “Today we’re sending out the call to entrepreneurs”, says Matt Williams, Vodafone’s consumer director, and the chairman of the Vodafone xone advisory board. We are assembling an advisory board of business leaders – some from Vodafone, some from entrepreneurial backgrounds, some from universities – who will select the ten most promising start-ups to be part of a new accelerator programme.”

    Williams says that the company will offer those selected $25,000 in cash funding, provide office space and access to Vodafone’s testing lab, as well as access to a range of experts to help the entrepreneurs nurture their business ideas, a package valued at around $150,000. Today is the formal kick-off of the project with a second round to begin in 2017.
    Read more

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