New Zealand provider shut down anti-censorship service

After just 48 hours of activity, FYX’s 'global mode' for censorship-free web browsing has gone offline, as the New Zealand provider seems to be concerned with a potential negative reaction from the media industry, even though the service should be fully legal under national law.

FYX launched its so-called 'global mode' to let its users evade geo-location (country) based blocking for accessing web content, a habit widely maintained by content providers worldwide to limit who can watch/see/read what in a particular nation or region of the planet.

The kiwi ISP states that in its opinion the service was and still is legal, yet “there are matters that require further consideration before continuing” to offer the option to its users. FYX “sincerely apologises to our customers and the New Zealand internet community” for this unfortunate course of events, and will contact its users to let them know why global mode isn’t available anymore.

The FYX anti-censorship service was very short-lived, but the provider says it was already pretty popular: to properly apologize to its users, the company is now offering “future and existing customers wishing to continue with FYX” the opportunity to pay a “lesser price of $30.30 per month, with $0.30 per GB for data”.

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