Frustrated web-junkies rejoice: a new age of ultra-fast downloading, streaming, playing and Facebook-stalking is upon us.
Business internet provider Maxnet has launched sub-brand Fyx, a high-speed internet service provider that promises low costs, high speeds and none of those pesky data caps or contracts – its pay-as-you-go model costs $34.34 a month and 34 cents per gigabyte.
It sounds like a welcome new entrant into an industry beleaguered by customer dissatisfaction; Fyx aims to differentiate itself from other ISPs by breaking down barriers to content that Kiwis face when surfing the web for media.
Its so-called ‘global mode’ offers greater access to the internet by circumventing geographical restrictions placed on certain web content and streaming services.
This could mean no more error messages from American websites like Hulu or Netflix.
"It's about offering a much bigger internet to New Zealanders – the type of internet the rest of the world have had access to for years," said Fyx spokesperson Andrew Schick.
Paul Brislen of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand said the 'global mode' offered by Fyx would offer users a moral alternative to pirating media content.
“All Fyx is doing is making it easier for customers to pay for content, albeit quasi-legitimately. You're breaking Netflix or Hulu or BBC's terms and conditions, which is a lesser evil than pirating content for free,” he wrote in a post today.
According to the Fyx website: "We are not a content provider; we just do our hardest to give you the access and freedom that you deserve. Ultimately, we are about access and openness for Kiwis."
Maxnet chief executive John Hanna said Maxnet would continue to concentrate on its business customers and partners while Fyx targets residential users.