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Stephen Fry bags Kiwi broadband – and Telecom

Actor and prolific tweeter Stephen Fry has let loose in a rant about the speed of Kiwi broadband, calling it "probably the worst" he's ever encountered.

Actor and prolific tweeter Stephen Fry has let loose in a rant about the speed of Kiwi broadband, calling it "probably the worst" he's ever encountered.

Fry is in Wellington for the filming of The Hobbit, in which he plays master of Laketown.

He tweeted this morning to his nearly 4 million followers: "Rise up, Kiwis and demand better? You wouldn't allow crap roads with pot holes and single file. [That's] what you've got [broadband-wise]."

He called the broadband speed he was getting "pathetic", although in a reply to film writer Chris Price added, "I know that it's a miracle that it exists at all".

Fry also fingered Telecom's "complacent" and "contemptuous" treatment of customers.

Telecom responded with: "Ouch – we can send a mobile bband stick, to see if that's better?"