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Thursday, 31st July 2014

Piracy is theft but content owners need to up their game: Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said online copyright infringement needs to be deterred in Australia, but has said content owners should pay for any notification system and ensure their content is available in a timely and affordable manner.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes

Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.
Source: Computerworld

Ericsson Australia wins four-year NBN Co contract

NBN Co has handed Ericsson Australia a four year contract to deliver fixed wireless and satellite services to premises across regional Australia.
Source: ARN

NBN Co plans cut on controversial capacity charge

NBN Co has flagged it is planning to cut its controversial connectivity virtual circuit charge by 12.5 percent in October, amongst other proposals to change the company's pricing model.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Data retention scheme would lead to surveillance tax on consumers, say telcos

Internet users could pay up to $100 a year extra if the federal government implements a scheme requiring telecommunications companies to store customer phone and internet data for two years, according to one of the country’s largest internet service providers.
Source: SMH

TV finally losing its heated battle with the Internet

The seemingly inevitable is finally upon us - Internet use has almost taken over from TV as our preferred source of entertainment, while reading news online has overtaken newspapers according to a new survey.
Source: iTWire

Australian mobile users switch to Aldi, Amaysim

In a relatively saturated mobile market, Australian mobile resellers Amaysim and Aldi are picking up market share, according to the latest statistics.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Telstra retreat hands Vodafone Splendour mobile coverage win

The mobile services of both Telstra and Optus were virtually unusable for the 30,000 pundits attending this year's Splendour in the Grass festival, while the underdog Vodafone performed best.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone announces big 4G push – in the city

Vodafone says it aims to reach 95% of Australia’s metropolitan population with its 4G network by end of 2014.
Source: iTWire

Govt must store data in retention regime: iiNet

The Government must be responsible for the storage and protection of data held as part of its 'unnecessary and disproportionate' proposed mandatory data retention regime, according to the scheme's most vocal opponent, internet service provider iiNet.
Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone re-allocates 850MHz 4G spectrum a week after Telstra and Optus 700MHz launch

Vodafone pulled the plug on its bid for a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum in 2012, and is now re-allocating its existing 850MHz spectrum to compete with Telstra and Optus, both of which launched their respective 700MHz networks to limited locations earlier this month.
Source: ARN

Monday, 28th July 2014

NBN Co sets September FTTP service date for TPG areas

NBN Co's fibre-to-the-premise product will be ready for service in areas where internet service provider TPG is seen as posing a competitive threat from late September this year.
Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co examines 'connected home' opportunities for RSPs

NBN Co, in conjunction with Ovum, has released a report highlighting opportunities for service providers to innovate and profit from the rise of the 'connected home'.
Source: ARN

Beware the spin behind Australia's copyright law discussion paper

Another week, another propaganda-driven proposal from the mind of Australian Attorney-General Brandis. This one assumes that ISPs need to fix other people's broken product distribution models.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Friday, 25th July 2014

Govt proposes crackdown on ISPs over piracy

The Australian government has proposed amending the country's Copyright Act to make internet service providers legally responsible when their users infringe on copyrighted material, and to allow the copyright industry to force ISPs through the courts to censor specific websites.
Source: iTnews Australia