1 Oct 2003

Niue Telecom maintains tough line on Internet Users Society's Wi-Fi service

5:23 pm on 1 October 2003

Niue Telecom says it is not trying to shut down the Internet Users Society wireless internet service.

Last month, Telecom severed connections between the IUS's office and the server building, closing the Internet Cafe and ending the free internet access the system provided for the entire island.

The head of Niue Telecom, Richard Hipa, says the IUS is contravening the Communications Act, because any system which transmits electronic signals has to apply for a licence.

However the IUS says the wi-fi service is not covered by the act.

Mr Hipa says their intepretation is wrong, but he says all they need to do is apply for a licence and pay a yet to be determined fee.

"That will be determined between ourselves and the minister. We are acting as the regulator, the regulator being the minister of cabinet. So a license fee will be determined but first they must apply for a license to operate the system"