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Gigatown and regional use of the Internet for economic development

Gigatown DunedinToday is launch day for Gigatown Dunedin. That means that from today, Chorus is making gigabit-speed offerings available to ISPs for sale in Dunedin. 

The content revolution

Viva la revolucionThe Internet has the potential to completely change the model for content distribution here in New Zealand. Content could be one of the "killer apps" encouraging New Zealanders to take advantage of the improved connectivity options available thanks to the UFB rollout. High speed Internet can provide more content, at lower prices, with more choice and flexibility than ever before.

Safer Internet Forever

Internet securityTuesday, 10 February was Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is an international event, coordinated in New Zealand by InternetNZ Partner NetSafe. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the Internet and digital technologies such as
mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

On Net Neutrality

Network neutralityAs many members will be aware, we released a "Pre Public Discussion Document" on Network Neutrality in late December. The purpose of this blog post is to remind members that we are keen on hearing your views on how we intend to proceed on this matter.

Flexibility of regulation for technology

Uber is welcome...or are they?Uber has been in the news a bit recently, coming up against some legal challenges regarding their service versus traditional rules for taxi operations.

We're heading in the wrong direction

Wrong wayI'm disappointed that most of New Zealand's telcos have decided that we need to pay more for the Internet in 2015. What I'm referring to is news that Vodafone and Callplus are following Spark's lead from late last year and pushing their prices up for home internet packages. Between those three companies, these pricing changes will impact approximately 94% of New Zealand internet users. 

Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015

PsychicIt's awfully difficult to see a month ahead in this industry sometimes, let alone trying to predict a year out... But anyway! In the spirit of bravery, and almost certainly being proven wrong on many of these, here are InternetNZ's Top 10 Predictions for the Internet in 2015.

It’s a bold move Cotton, let’s see if it pays off

Premier League on LightboxAnother exciting development happened yesterday in online content delivery. Spark announced a joint venture with Coliseum Sports to bring more sports content to the Lightbox online TV platform.

Harmful Digital Redux

CyberbullyingAs we move toward the end of the year, it’s a good time to look at those things that are likely to be on the table still in 2015. One of the items still looming on the legislative agenda is the Harmful Digital Communications Bill (HDC Bill).

We consider the Bill to be a uniquely important piece of legislation by virtue of how it seeks to:

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.