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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

Vocus posts record year as statutory profit more than doubles

Vocus Communications has cited organic growth as the driver of another banner year for the network and datacentre company.
Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co aims to double users, revenue in one year

NBN Co plans to double the 210,628 active users currently on the national broadband network and the $61 million in revenue it reported for fiscal 2014 in the 12 months to June next year.
Source: iTnews Australia

Federal government injects $8.4 billion to NBN

NBN Co expects to double the number of users connected to the NBN over the next year - setting a target of 480,000 users with the release of its annual results.
Source: ARN

FTTP needed for teleHealth, say Labor MPs in open letter

Two Labor members of Parliament have written an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull asking him to reconsider his scrapping of the Coalition's FTTP NBN plans.
Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 27th August 2014

Data-retention laws to contain statutory metadata specification

Attorney-General George Brandis has said that there is no definition of 'metadata', but a 'statutory specification' of metadata will be included in mandatory data-retention legislation to be introduced in this sitting period of parliament.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra hits back over bandwidth pricing claims

A Telstra spokesperson has condemned as "factually incorrect" claims about the telco's transit pricing made by DDoS protection and CDN provider CloudFlare.
Source: Computerworld