Content divides Digital Strategy 2.0 submissions

Free access to content, rather than controlled access, has emerged as a significant concern for individuals and organizations making submissions on the draft Digital Strategy 2.0.

The 124 submissions, made between mid April and late May this year, were published last month on the Digital Strategy website, digitalstrategy.govt.nz.

There were significantly polarized views on the protection of proprietary content versus advocacy of open licensing terms such as those of the Creative Commons regime.

The "net neutrality" debate also divided respondents, with consumers tending to support equal treatment for all network traffic and providers inclining towards a scheme to prevent the interruption of high-priority traffic, such as video.

Juniper Networks' submission went as far as to suggest various specialist networks, with appropriate tariff structures for consumers seeking efficient access to high-bandwidth data, though with a default service using standard internet protocols. Juniper's was among several submissions expressing serious reservations at the volume-capped charging schemes now in place.

The NZ Federation against Copyright Theft (NZFACT) emphasized the need for protection, particularly of TV content.

TVNZ registered support for restoration of peering between ISPs to make digital content more accessible and affordable to the local audience.

The Tourism Industry Association pointed out in its submission that broadband ensures that New Zealand lives up to the expectations of travellers of good digital access once they get to this country.

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