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Tuesday, 1/9/2015

Australian anti-piracy notice scheme delayed

September 1, 2015, was supposed to be the start date of a new anti-piracy scheme that would see Australians receive "copyright infringement" notices from their ISP if they were caught downloading music, TV shows or films illicitly online.

Source: SMH

Telstra rolls over and offers data/call credit roll over on pre-paid

Telstra’s Pre-Paid Freedom Plus plans now come with data and call credit roll over, matching some competitors at long last with much better value.

Source: iTWire

Presto's HD Content Library Goes Live Today, So How Much Bandwidth Will It Need?

After a few months in testing, Presto’s HD offering goes out to the public today. Users will be able to experience 1080p content as well as 5.1 channel surround sound. We know just how much it takes to run a HD stream from Netflix, but what does it take from Presto? What sort of speed do you need?

Source: Gizmodo

NBN under fire for affordability, accessibility

NBN's satellite service is reportedly too expensive for lower socio-economic groups to afford, with critics saying the 'fair use' download restrictions constrain access and availability to those with limited choices.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN should be prepared for disaggregation: ACCC chair

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has repeated his belief that NBN should be prepared for a potential future breakup of the company into separate entities.

Source: Computerworld

Monday, 31/8/2015

Battle of the blowouts: How real can Labor make its Real NBN?

If Labor wants to bring more fibre to the premises into the NBN mix, then it must decide how much extra money it will allow NBN to spend.

Source: ZDNet Australia

More data, longer expires says Optus

Optus has upped data allowances with a new mobile broadband plan, now giving its mobile customers 50GB with a one year expiry.

Source: iTWire

Aussie telcos push for severe restructure of ACMA

Australia's telcos have put forward their proposals for the future of communications regulator ACMA, with the country's two largest carriers recommending the regulator be severely wound back or scrapped altogether.

Source: iTnews Australia

iiNet CEO David Buckingham leaves company

CEO of Perth-based internet service provider iiNet, David Buckingham, has left the company, according to multiple sources.

Source: SMH

Friday, 28/8/2015

ACCC approves Optus HFC NBN deal

The competition regulator has given the go-ahead to Optus’ agreement to transfer its HFC cable network to the NBN, clearing one of the final regulatory roadblocks to the rollout of the Coalition's multi-technology mix network.

Source: iTnews Australia

Spammers take advantage of Ashley Madison data breach

Spammers have been quick to try to cash in on the Ashley Madison data breach, with a spike in email campaigns mentioning the ‘infidelity’ website, according to a global security firm.

Source: iTWire

Optus’ revised NBN deal gets the nod from ACCC

Optus and nbn Co. are free to complete a deal that will see the telco sell its hybrid-fiber coaxial (HFC) network after getting the green light from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Source: ARN

Facebook hits new record with one billion active users in a single day

Facebook hits a new benchmark in its seemingly inexorable march to Internet ubiquity, with one billion people using the social network in a single day.

Source: ABC News

Stan reaches 300,000 subscribers, says Nine

Unlike Netflix and Presto, VOD service Stan has published subscriber numbers. It reaches nearly a million Australians, but is still losing money.

Source: iTWire

M2 hunting for a takeover following TPG’s iiNet deal

M2 Telecommunications chief executive Geoff Horth is on the prowl for potential acquisitions in both the telco and energy markets in the wake of TPG’s approved takeover of iiNet.

Source: iTnews Australia