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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Wilkie reveals NBN Co's Tasmanian deal with Visionstream

Independent MP for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has shed light on some of the issues plaguing the rollout of the fibre to the premises network in Tasmania by construction contractor Visionstream, and the steps NBN Co has implemented to fix it.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Stealthy Web tracking tools pose increasing privacy risks to users

Three stealthy tracking mechanisms designed to avoid weaknesses in browser cookies pose potential privacy risks to Internet users, a new research paper has concluded.
Source: ARN

NBN Co launches stop-gap satellite service

NBN Co has begun accepting registrations for its subsidised satellite broadband service. The new service is designed to connect the 9000 households and businesses in remote areas of Australia that are currently unable to access NBN Co's Interim Satellite Service.
Source: Computerworld

Netflix 'to launch in Australia' - but does it matter?

US streaming video supplier Netflix is planning to launch in Australia, holding talks with local content suppliers. So say the continuing rumours, but the ground is shifting under its feet and it may be too late.
Source: iTWire

NBN Co offers new satellite service for remote users

NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS).
Source: iTnews Australia

Monday, 21st July 2014

Data retention: iiNet raises spectre of 'surveillance tax' for ISP customers

Internet service provider iiNet has hit out at confirmation that the government is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos may be forced to keep records on their customers' online activities.
Source: Computerworld

Optus gets ACMA nod for early 700MHz 4G launch in Darwin and Perth

The central business districts (CBDs) of Darwin and Perth have gained a head start in commercial access to Optus’ 700MHz-based 4G, with the telecommunications provider having switched on the network today.
Source: ARN

Optus, Telstra secure early 4G 700MHz launch

The first commercial services for 4G in the 700MHz spectrum band are expected to be launched this week by both Optus and Telstra in Darwin, Perth, Fremantle, Mt Isa, Mildura, Griffith, and Esperance, following commercial licence grants by the ACMA.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Data retention isn't Big Brother: ASIO chief

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Director-General David Irvine has said critics of the controversial data retention proposals fail to understand the safeguards in place.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 17th July 2014

Turnbull establishes inquiry into government website blocking

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has established an inquiry into the use of the controversial Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act that allows government agencies to have content removed from the internet.
Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co loses $200m pricing dispute with Telstra

Telstra has successfully sued NBN Co over a $200 million pricing dispute arising from how much NBN Co should pay for access to Telstra’s pits, pipes, ducts and exchanges.
Source: iTnews Australia

Senate's NBN committee wins second reprieve

A motion by Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi to replace the Senate's National Broadband Network committee and replace it with a government-dominated committee has been deferred for a second time.
Source: Computerworld

Govt fails to win votes for NBN committee restructure

Australia's Coalition Government has been forced to put off a planned restructure of the Senate Select Committee investigating the national broadband network after failing to convince cross benchers to vote for the motion.
Source: iTnews Australia

Vertigan panel sees no need to tighten NBN wholesale rules

The first report out of the NBN Panel of Experts, appointed by the government to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network, has rejected calls by telcos to further strengthen the rules that restrict NBN Co to wholesale-only operations.
Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 16th July 2014

Coalition MPs kill FTTP bill for Tasmania

The Coalition majority of a Senate committee investigating whether the Government should mandate the rollout of fibre to Tasmanian premises has recommended the bill be scrapped, but the committee's Labor minority is continuing to push for its passage into law.
Source: iTnews Australia