Manawatu Internet Services is no more. But its existing customer base shouldn’t notice, says new owner, Quicksilver Internet.
“Most of the customers shouldn’t even notice a change - they’ll keep their MIS email addresses and will continue on with their existing plans, but new customers will sign on under the Quicksilver name,” says Quicksilver spokesman Trevor Isted.
Alan Brown, former director of MIS, says he is closing the ISP for a number of reasons, not least of which is his health.
“The last nine years of operation of Manawatu Internet Services Ltd (Dawghaus BBS up until 1994) have been enjoyable and entertaining, however the stress levels associated with operating a small ISP have been taking their toll on my health for the last two to three years and it really has become time to move on to different fields,” says Brown in an email to users. Brown says the transition to Quicksilver should be complete by Friday. He says the company owes around $200,000 to creditors.
Brown has made headlines this year for his alleged defamation of then CEO of Domainz Patrick O’Brien. In an email posting to the Internet Society (ISOCNZ) Brown called O’Brien a “buffoon” and claimed he made baseless legal threats in order to “gag public criticism”. The judge has reserved his decision in that case.
In a separate matter, Brown has also closed down ORBS, the Open Relay Behaviour-modification System following legal action taken by Xtra and Actrix. Brown refuses to comment on the issue at all following his posting of an apology to Actrix and “Extra” [sic] on several spam newsgroups.