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Monday, 1st September 2014

ISPs willing to walk the plank with Abbott, Brandis

In a surprise move Australia's biggests ISPs have come out in support of a piracy crackdown, announcing they're willing to negotiate with the Abbott government about its controversial proposals.
Source: iTWire

ISPs willing to negotiate on 'three strikes' piracy regime

Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.
Source: iTnews Australia

Bill shock measures extended to all Australian telcos

Customers of smaller Australian telcos are set to begin receiving the same usage alerts provided to customers of Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra takes 85k requests for user data in 12 months

Telstra received just under 85,000 requests for customer information from government agencies in its 2014 financial year, the telco revealed in its first full year transparency report released today.
Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone quietly tests NBN Co fibre for tower backhaul

Vodafone and NBN Co have been quietly testing out using NBN Co's fibre as backhaul for Vodafone's mobile network.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus automates credit risk; makes 70 redundant

Optus has announced plans to make 70 Australian positions redundant through the telco's efforts to automate its credit risk management systems.
Source: iTnews Australia

Friday, 29th August 2014

NBN CBA proves Turnbull's MTM is fraudband

Sometimes in politics, it is the actions of your opponents that best crystallise the virtues of your own policies.
Source: iTnews Australia

Time for a reality check on Labor's CBA-less NBN strategy

Labor-hating has become so popular that few bother remembering the real reason FttP was introduced without a CBA in the first place. But as the Coalition crows about a cost-benefit analysis justifying an FttN NBN 10 times costlier than Labor's own FttN policy, it's worth taking time out for a reality check.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Mobile lobby blames federal laws for dodgy airport reception

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has pushed the federal government to adopt more lenient planning laws to allow carriers to improve mobile coverage in the nation's airports.
Source: iTnews Australia

Film companies want US-style system to penalise downloaders

The copyright industry's response to the government's proposal to curb the unauthorised downloading of online content remains the same as it was years and years ago: it wants everyone else to take responsibility, and wants to reap the rewards.
Source: iTWire

Thursday, 28th August 2014

Leaked paper reveals Australia's obsessive metadata secrecy

The Australian government has been discussing a detailed data-retention wish list with internet service providers for more than four years - with citizens kept in the dark.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Coalition must push on with 'a slower NBN sooner', but hurdles remain for Malcolm Turnbull

The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the NBN predictably backs the Coalition's option, but Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull still has to deliver.
Source: SMH

NBN likely to share HFC with Foxtel

National Broadband Network services and pay TV service Foxtel are likely to co-exist on the hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network currently owned by Telstra, according to NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow.
Source: Computerworld

Morrow says NBN Co to get detail on Telstra's copper quality

NBN Co will have access to reports on the quality of Telstra's copper network and where pits have been flooded in the past, as part of the revised NBN deal, CEO Bill Morrow has said.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking

Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.
Source: Computerworld