Bouquet to Chorus

Frequently when people ask “is anyone else seeing this” questions on the New Zealand Network Operators Group (NZNOG) list they get a large number of replies, but in a case over the last week, a company at the centre of the concern has demonstrated to the industry how to handle these sorts of technical queries.

InternetNZ and the new National Government - where to for the Internet

I've been thinking a lot about the General Election results and what they mean for the Internet in New Zealand. 

First off, we want to congratulate the National Party on their win. We've had a largely positive and constructive relationship with the National Party, particularly in the last year, and we respect Amy Adams as a Minister. We look forward to having an equally constructive relationship with her this term, or with whomever holds the ICT portfolio next.

NetHui South

New Zealand's Internet forum, NetHui, is coming to the South Island in November. 21-22 November in Christchurch will see a gathering of South Islanders interested in shaping the future of the Internet's development, and applying the opportunities the Internet presents to shape Canterbury's future development.

Certain uncertainty

Things often come in threes - last week was no exception. One of our team members spoke with an international investment group keen to understand the current telco regulatory environment in NZ, read the submissions made on the Commerce Commission Final Pricing Principle (FPP) determination along with a letter from the Commission about the FPP process and finally there was the Appeal Court's judgement and associated media regarding the Chorus appeal on the Commission's Initial Pricing Principle (IPP) determination.

The Greens and the Internet Party

Our third post profiling party election policies deals with the Green Party and the Internet Party.

National and United Future

In continuing our scan of ICT policies from the major political parties in Election ’14, this post looks at the National Party and United Future. Again, our goal in these posts is not to be comprehensive, but instead offer a scan of particular highlights. If you’re keen to know more, check the links – otherwise, we have also received survey feedback from a number of parties, which is available here: 

Political party survey responses

In July this year, InternetNZ released our Election '14 and the Internet document, outlining seven key Internet issues for focus and discussion during this year's election and over the next three years.

In order to understand the main political party perspectives on these issues, we have also posed to them a series of specific questions via a policy survey. 

Andrew Cushen takes Australia

Recently, I had the pleasure of being able to attend the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (the ANZIAs) and the Australian Internet Governance Forum meetings.

These events are handy points of collaboration with our neighbours in the .AU. Many of the issues that we are dealing with in promoting the Internet's benefits and uses and protecting its potential are similar between Australia and New Zealand, and collaborating with the good people at AUDA gives us a chance to compare our approaches, and reflect on what might be happening next.

InternetNZ at the Ninth Internet Governance Forum: #IGF2014

This coming week sees the ninth meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, a bells-and-whistles gathering of the global Internet community. The purpose of the IGF is to bring together the whole range of Internet stakeholders to talk through issues regarding the Internet's ongoing development.

Wifi art thou

Right now I'm in South East Asia, not staying at a 5-star hotel but a very modest 3-star. 

There is a peep-hole in the door which isn't unusual, but it's largely superfluous as the 6 inch crack in the wall next to the door offers a much better view.  The wiring around my bedside table lamp isn't what you'd call safe either.