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InternetNZ strongly opposed to scrapping UFB

06 Mar 2014

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc.) is strongly opposed to Vodafone’s suggestion, made public this morning, to scrap construction of the Ultra-fast Broadband network in Wellington and Christchurch.

Responding to the idea that the old HFC network be used in lieu of new UFB fibre in Wellington and Christchurch, InternetNZ’s CEO, Jordan Carter, says that it’s a retrograde move that makes little sense for anyone other than Vodafone.

InternetNZ backs Harmful Digital Communications legislation, suggests improvements

24 Feb 2014

Media release – 24 February 2014

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has released its submission to Parliament’s Justice and Electoral committee on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill (HDC Bill). The organisation is broadly supportive of the HDC Bill but does have concerns – particularly about the difference in treatment it will create between online and offline speech, and in the details of the proposed safe harbour provision for online content hosts. These concerns are shared by multiple other organisations and individuals who have also submitted.

Telecom’s entry to online broadcasting a win for Kiwis

21 Feb 2014

InternetNZ is excited about Telecom's decision to compete with Sky in the pay TV market with their new online TV offering ShowMe TV. The organisation says it is a great sign for New Zealanders hungry for timely access to high quality digital content.

"The lack of heavyweight competition in content markets has seen Sky move too slowly to offer Internet services. Telecom entering this market can and should be a game-changer," says InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter.

InternetNZ supports Commission timetable for UBA final price: calls on big players to pass savings on

07 Feb 2014

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased with today’s announcement from the Commerce Commission on its intended timeline for its work on the final price for unbundled bitstream access (UBA). 

The Commission has announced that it will complete its determination of the UBA price under the final pricing principle by December 1, 2014; the same date that the new price will commence.

InternetNZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter says that this move would provide the certainty that people were worried would be lost.

OECD broadband statistics show New Zealand improving but still could do better

10 Jan 2014

Today’s release of OECD broadband statistics shows that New Zealand’s is slowly climbing the ranking table, but that there is still a lot of room for improvement, InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) says.

The headline statistic is that New Zealand is in the middle of the pack for broadband penetration, ranking 15th out of 34 countries with 29.5 subscriptions per 100 residents. This is marginally above the international average of 26.7.

InternetNZ applauds New Zealand's strength at TPP table

14 Nov 2013

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) applauds the position of Minister Tim Groser and his team of negotiators in standing strong on New Zealand’s copyright position during TPP negotiations.

InternetNZ cautiously welcomes Harmful Digital Communications Bill

08 Nov 2013

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) welcomes the Government’s Harmful Digital Communications Bill and is pleased the Government is moving to foster good digital citizenship. However the organisation believes more can still be done.

Brand new funding grant launched by InternetNZ

01 Nov 2013

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has begun seeking applicants for its brand new Internet Research Funding grant.

InternetNZ has $60,000 available to fund individuals or organisations conducting research about the Internet. Each applicant will be eligible for up to $20,000.

The new grant round is one of many that InternetNZ offers as part of its community investment. Each year, InternetNZ invests up to $500,000 in projects and partners that align with the organisation’s objectives.

InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter said he was thrilled to be launching the grant.

New level of Internet domain names to provide more choice online for New Zealanders

11 Oct 2013

The Council of InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) has today approved a policy proposal from subsidiary Domain Name Commission Ltd to allow domain names to be registered at the second level in the .nz domain name space, giving New Zealanders even more choice in getting online. 

By allowing registrations at the second level, people and organisations will be able to register theirname.nz instead of theirname.co.nz or theirname.net.nz (the current system, which allows registrations at the third level only).

InternetNZ delighted in Government support for telecommunications cable

19 Sep 2013

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is delighted the Government is contributing $15 million and calling for expressions of interest for companies to build an international telecommunications cable between New Zealand, Australia and the United States.