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Wednesday, 20th August 2014


Village Roadshow no-show for online piracy forum

In a strongly-worded email to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Village Roadshow Co-CEO Graham Burke has said the company will not attend an upcoming public forum on copyright infringement because it will be dominated by "crazies".
Source: ZDNet Australia


FRITZ!Box goes VDSL2 with new modem/router

Ahead of the NBN FTTN rollout, PCRange has added the VDSL2-capable FRITZ!Box 7360 modem/router to its catalogue.
Source: iTWire


Vodafone picks Ericsson to rebuild core network

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has chosen equipment vendor Ericsson to build its new core network, and plans to be Australia's first telco to offer voice services over a 4G network.
Source: iTnews Australia


Voice over 4G: Vodafone lands Australian first

Vodafone will be the first carrier in Australia to enable voice calls over a 4G network, which will eliminate call lag and enable phone calls in high definition.
Source: ARN


NBN expert panel member rejects Scales report

The ACCC did not overly influence the expert panel's recommendation to the Labor government that the NBN should be fibre to the premises, according to panel member Rod Tucker.
Source: ZDNet Australia


In support of a fibre-to-the-premises NBN

In his independent audit of the public policy process behind the national broadband network, former Telstra director Bill Scales suggests there was never an internal debate about different technology options for the NBN.
Source: Computerworld


Telstra faces legal action over late payment fees

Australia's major telcos are about to face a massive class action over their late payment fees.
Source: ABC News


Telstra, Optus, Voda hit with class action on late fees

Lawyers have announced a class action against Australia’s top telcos for what it says are illegal late fees. It is being financed by a British firm with a record of success in such cases.
Source: iTWire


Tuesday, 19th August 2014


Telstra warns of scammers impersonating staff

Telstra says it is receiving hundreds of complaints each month about scammers posing as employees to obtain personal information.
Source: ABC News


New powers could give ASIO a warrant for the entire internet

The broad definition of a 'network' in new national security legislation could give Australia's top spy agency access to just about every computer on the internet, according to legal experts.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Telstra hands over browsing history in current warrantless metadata regime

A paper from the Parliamentary Library has suggested URLs might be required to be retained under any data retention regime because Telstra has handed over URL history to law enforcement agencies in the past.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Monday, 18th August 2014


Dodo dead all day across Australia

Budget ISP Dodo has been all but dead all day, with customers reporting an issue affecting both DSL and dial-up connections across Australia.
Source: iTWire


Telstra renews Ericsson optical deal

Telstra has confirmed Ericsson as its continued supplier for optical transport equipment and services. It builds on previous agreements, and now includes equipment from optical specialist Ciena.
Source: iTWire


The strange history of protecting internet cables from sharks

Feisty fish may like to have a little nibble, but real damage is more mundane.
Source: PC Authority


Big increase in regional Australians online

From the city to the bush more and more Australians are going online and they are using the Internet more frequently. Smart phones have helped.
Source: iTWire