Kiwi Fruit

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Fri, 02 Jul 1999 14:14:00 -0700

What ever happened to the theory that air was free and that
people arguing about land ownership was just ticks arguing about
who owned the dog?


Good for them! Maori's should be able to own spectrums and
Indians should be able to own casinos, I always say.

Maori Win Wireless Rights
by Kim Griggs

3:00 a.m. 2.Jul.99.PDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The indigenous
Maori people of New Zealand own the fish and the
forests that grow in their homeland. Now they also
own the radio spectrum.

A consultative tribunal on Thursday made public its
ruling in response to the government's effort to halt
a wireless spectrum auction until it could be
determined the aboriginal people should receive a

The government wanted to auction a 20-year right to
manage the radio spectrum in the 2-gigahertz range,
a part of the spectrum sought by wireless
broadband service providers. But the decision to
sell elicited a claim to the ownership of the spectrum
from the New Zealand Maori.