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Thursday, 30/10/2014

Secret government briefing admits metadata law cost and warns of 'internet tax' campaign

A leaked copy of a Coalition party room submission admits there is a cost attached to data retention and the government is anticipating a campaign against the laws that will describe it as an "internet tax".

Source: SMH

Optus beefs up home bundles

New home phone and internet bundles from Optus include Fetch TV.

Source: iTWire

Govt blasted over data retention laws

The Australian Government has "crossed the line" by trying to "rush through" legislation that will force telcos and service providers to retain customer metadata for two years, according to industry and political opponents of the bill.

Source: iTnews Australia

Turnbull introduces data retention legislation

The Coalition Government has introduced legislation governing the mandatory retention of telco metadata into Parliament - a bill that does not provide any explanation of what data is to be stored.

Source: iTnews Australia

Mandatory data retention legislation hits the Australian parliament

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning introduced legislation that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Wednesday, 29/10/2014

iiNet wins Victorian free wi-fi deal

iiNet will build and operate Victoria’s free wi-fi network under a $6.7 million deal with the state government and Melbourne City Council.

Source: iTnews Australia

Free public Wi-Fi network coming to Victoria

The Victorian government and iiNet have announced a free public Wi-Fi network in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo.

Source: Computerworld

iiNet outflanks NBN Co with 100Mbps downloads in Geelong

iiNet is taking the fight to NBN Co in Geelong with download speeds of up to 100Mbps in a bid to cash in on unmet demand in the area.

Source: ARN

Today is stop Data Retention Day

A group led by three senators will gather at Parliament House today to protest against the Government’s plans to force telcos and ISPs to store customer data.

Source: iTWire

Telstra CIO resigns

Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge has resigned and will leave the company in a month’s time, the telco has confirmed.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra, NBN Co back in court this April

NBN Co and Telstra will this April resume their argument over consumer-price-index (CPI) adjustments in the companies' $11 billion agreement.

Source: Computerworld

'Camouflaged' internet concerns the Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police has said that the use of virtual private networks and other methods for people to anonymise themselves on the internet is a continuing concern for the law-enforcement agency.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Tuesday, 28/10/2014

255 terabits a second: New fiber speed record?

Researchers from the University of Central Florida and Eindhoven University of Technology say that they've developed a new fiber optic medium that allows data to be sent and received at up to 255Tbps, a roughly twenty-fold increase over current fiber.

Source: Computerworld

Optus signs Foxtel HD satellite agreement

Optus has signed a new agrement with Foxtel to provide additional satellite services for nine new HD channels on a five year term.

Source: ARN

iiNet compromised by Dallas Buyers Club challenge

There can be no doubt that iiNet’s decision to keep Dallas Buyers Club’s nose out of its subscriber database is best practice in terms of championing the customer. But will the ISP inadvertently hand Hollywood and its lobbyists a political win?

Source: iTnews Australia