NIUE INTERNET INQUIRY BEGINS HEARINGS

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ALOFI, Niue (March 12, 2002 - Niue Economic Review/PINA Nius Online)---Niue's High Court is the venue for the first public sitting of the Commission of Inquiry into the island's e-mail and Internet services.

The commission head is New Zealand district court judge David Ongley.

The government of Niue is represented by Auckland barrister Stephen Langton and the Internet Users Society by Auckland barrister Graham Kohler.

The Internet Users Society was delegated the ". nu" top level country code domain name in 1997 and set up a free e-mail service for government departments and residents on Niue. Later all Niue users had free use of the Internet.

The commission was set up by the government of Niue to investigate the legitimate ownership and management of the Niue country code, the development of services and the future policy of government.

The commission is also investigating the efficacy of the negotiation, status and effect of a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Internet Users Society.

The commission is likely to sit again later in the year in New Zealand.

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