New Zealand VoIP

Good Morning.

It is great to watch the press in other parts of the world wake up to the realities of life — such as the ability of ISPs in New Zealand to block VoIP traffic.

Here is an excerpt:

New Zealand has no laws prohibiting ISPs from blocking or slowing down sites, and there’s no evidence they are or aren’t because currently there’s no way of telling. To maintain the integrity of the internet, we suggest regulations be introduced to ensure the neutrality of ISPs.

Perhaps the scariest point is that there is no way of telling if VoIP traffic is being degraded intentionally. This is something TMCnet’s Pat Barnard has been writing about for many months.

  • Chris in New Zealand
    September 30, 2006 at 2:27 am

    I’ve been using Skype since arriving in New Zealand about 9 months ago and it seems to work as well or better than in the UK.
    The connection speeds are fairly slow yet Skype is still pretty clear so it doesn’t seem to me like they would be blocking Skype.

  • Matt Riddell
    October 16, 2007 at 4:01 am

    It really depends on the provider. We’re finding that if certain ISP services are crap, we just tell customers to move to ISPs that work well.

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