Call for Vodafone/Sky to commit to network neutrality

9 June 2016

InternetNZ has called on Vodafone and Sky to commit to 'network neutrality' with their proposed merger plans.

Network neutrality would mean that anyone can buy the company's content and get the same service, whether they buy broadband or not. It would also mean that when purchasing Vodafone broadband there would be no discrimination against content from other providers similar to Sky.

"Big content companies which own networks have an ability, and an incentive, to maximise their sales. Therefore, a large TV provider joining forces with a large telco does raise some questions," says InternetNZ Deputy Chief Executive Andrew Cushen.

"We would like to hear from Vodafone and Sky about what the merged company's stance will be on network neutrality and whether it will commit to an open Internet. A positive outcome would see a promise of universally available content, from all origins, to all destinations.

"There is no clear rules about net neutrality in New Zealand, but questions are being asked in the current Telecommunications Act review process. Those questions may have even more relevance now."

"It's important for all Internet users that we preserve a competitive environment in New Zealand's telecommunications sector," says Cushen.