Regulars at Auckland's Comm-Unity inner city Internet cafe rest easy--your gateway to the Net looks likely to be offline for just a week or so.
The cafe's gear is being auctioned at the end of the month, apparently after one of the partners in the venture failed to renegotiate a new lease with the cafe's landlord. But three of the five partners are already negotiating to buy new computers and lease new premises.
Apart from casual traffic, the cafe has around 130 subscribers as an ISP and has been a modest financial success. The business will close shortly before the auction of its equipment--including a Sun Sparc 5--on October 31, but George Ma, who has become the cafe's public face, is likely to reopen with all-new equipment within a week of that date.
David Dix of KCSS, which provides the cafe's Internet access, has confirmed to @IDG that Ma had contacted him and would be transferring his 48k leased line access. Dix says Ma is "a really good guy who's not at all at fault here", and will be lending the business a replacement Sparcstation in the short term.