ISPs and Internet safety

An ISP (Internet Service Provider) is a company that provides third party access to the Internet.

Customers simply use their modem to connect to the ISP, which then links them to the Internet automatically. There are many ISPs to choose from. 

When purchasing any commodity or service it's best to check out exactly what you're getting before you buy it. The same is true for ISPs.

Here are some questions you might like to ask yourself, before choosing an ISP for your home, school or office computer:

  • What is their Internet policy? They should have one.
  • Do they provide any Internet Safety Service?
  • Do they provide access to filtering software?
  • Do they have "safe" website access?

For a list of authorised New Zealand Internet Service Providers, visit the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner website.

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