There are the government coalition talks--and then there are the IP network negotiations between Telecom and Voyager. Once again, the deadline has been extended on a replacement for Telecom's 0800 service for ISPs.
The new time of midnight last Thursday fell after Computerworld's editorial deadline, but both sides have expressed satisfaction with progress on setting the parameters for a new network service which will subsequently be offered to other ISPs.
The only hiccup so far has been Voyager's complaint to the Privacy Commissioner, which the company's marketing manager, Phil Dagger, says is a response to a letter to the Listener by Telecom media communications manager Clive Litt, which objected to "allegations" from Voyager MD John O'Hara regarding the actions of an Xtra staff member being "reported as fact".
"We are surprised that Telecom would choose to revisit this issue," says a statement from Dagger, which was sent out with a sample of email from the Xtra employee in question. "However, we feel obliged to respond to their letter and have attached a copy of the email that was received for people to make up their own minds as to whether the email was threatening or not."