Internet experts and users are backing comments by actor Stephen Fry, who yesterday called on Kiwis to demand better broadband service.

The Brit yesterday "stirred the hornet's nest" when he vented his frustrations on Twitter about New Zealand's slow internet.

"[New Zealand has] has probably the worst broadband I've ever encountered. Turns itself off, slows to a crawl. Pathetic," wrote Fry, who is in Wellington as a cast member in Sir Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit.

He urged Kiwis to "rise up" and said a "smart guy" could make "a fortune and a fool of the complacent Telecomm [sic] and their contemptuous attitude to customers. Phew! Rant over."

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