July 1, 2016

InternetNZ launches new website to throw spotlight on ISPs

The company aims to help New Zealanders make more informed choices regarding their Internet Providers

InternetNZ has launched a new website called ISP Spotlight, which will help New Zealanders make more informed choices about their Internet providers.

Deputy Chief Executive of InternetNZ Andrew Cushen says ISP Spotlight has two purposes – to educate Internet users nationwide and to prompt ISPs to take positive action. The website looks at six technical issues that all Internet Service Providers need to consider such as how they are keeping your information safe. ISP Spotlight highlights why these issues are important and how they impact you.

The website compares 15 of the major Internet providers, and aims to build this base over the coming months. InternetNZ also hopes that the website promotes competition and awareness amongst the ISPs and encourages them to take positive action towards these issues.

“We see this website as the next step for those consumers who want to make conscious decisions about who they buy their Internet service from. Consumers regularly look beyond price when they choose products like fair-trade coffee, and we want to give people this choice when it comes to Internet providers,” says Cushen.

InternetNZ wants to show consumers that even simple issues like online billing can display a provider’s commitment to equal access and human rights, since online billing is essential for those with disabilities.

“This website is about teasing those issues out for all New Zealanders and helping you, as a consumer, hold the ISPs to account,” says Cushen.

Taryn Hamilton, Consumer General Manager at M2 Group Ltd, commented :

We applaud InternetNZ for its efforts with ISP Spotlight. It’s helped us hold a torch to our processes, and make sure that we are transparent and candid about how we operate. It’s important that we keep the Internet open, and campaigns like this are vital.

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