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ISOCNZ Debates Telecom Internet Changes

The Internet Society of New Zealand (ISOCNZ) is today consulting it's members on the final position stakeholders wish to take on the changes announced recently by Telecom. "After some delays in getting all the appropriate people around the table, The Internet Society and Telecom held productive discussions last Friday" said Executive Director, Sue Leader.

"The Industry let us know they had serious concerns about the
announced changes, and we were able to draw together a list of
thirty-three questions we wanted Telecom to answer", she said. "Those
questions were delivered to Telecom with a request for meeting two days
after the June 11 announcement. With the time delay in getting people's
schedules meshed, we were able to refine the questions into key subject
areas and these were delivered to Telecom three days before last
Friday's meeting".
At the meeting the Internet Society pushed for an extension to
migration deadlines, confirmation that all costs associated with the
change would be met, and that smaller ISP's would not be penalised by
having to find cash up-front. Telecom has confirmed that it is now
"currently considering [the timeframe] issue" and will meet "any
legitimate costs" associated with the move. The cash-flow point was
well taken and will be considered on as "case-by-case basis".
"The Internet Society is pleased to have written responses from
Telecom to add to our meeting notes" said ISOCNZ Chair, Jim Higgins.
"We had productive discussions with the Telecom representatives, and
now are in a position to discuss the situation with our members in an
informed manner" said Higgins. "We're not too happy with the time this
has taken, but we acknowledge that working through the issues with
Telecom to gain some positive outcomes for the industry is time well
spent" he finished.
The Internet Society is targeting next Monday (July 5) for the
public release of a final position statement. "If, as seems likely at
this stage, there is a need to approach the Minister over the KiwiShare
issue, we will move swiftly once the consultation process is complete"
Leader concluded.
For the 'Questions to' and 'Answers from' Telecom - please see the
links on the web site at: copy of
the KiwiShare document can be found on the same page.
© 1999 The Internet Society of New Zealand

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