In Apache2 - which is the web server Brownrice uses - mod_deflate has replaced Apache 1.3's mod_gzip.
mod_deflate is loaded and enabled on all of our servers.
See http://www.howtoforge.com/apache2_mod_deflate for usage.
Add this line to your docs/.htaccess file to enable:
The directives and be set via .htaccess, but if you need anything changed in a vhost please email.