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Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Labor warns of new NBN 'tax' on home buyers

The Australian Opposition is calling for the government to ensure that new premises will not have to pay for a connection onto the National Broadband Network.
Source: ZDNet Australia

CCC slams Turnbull's NBN reviews

Australia's peak body for non-dominant telcos has slammed Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's inquiry into the national broadband landscape, dismissing its findings as 'rehashed, discredited theoretical arguments'.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Consumers worse off in final NBN Vertigan recommendations

The company running the national broadband network should stop charging the same wholesale amount so all Australians can access high-speed broadband, according to the final part of the Abbott government's NBN cost-benefit analysis into the project.
Source: SMH

Telstra warns of phishers targeting 700MHz spectrum trial

Criminals are attempting to trick Telstra customers into handing over personal details through phishing emails targeting Telstra's trials of new 700MHz spectrum.
Source: iTnews Australia

ACMA pulls up 12 telcos on consumer rules compliance

Twelve Australian telcos have been served directions notices by the ACMA for failing to comply with the Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code lodgement scheme.
Source: ZDNet Australia

No break-up of NBN Co - yet: Turnbull

The government has indicated in its initial response to the third Vertigan panel report, which was released last night and includes an assessment of competition settings for the telco market, that it has no short-term plans to break up NBN Co.
Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 1st October 2014

NBN Co's multi-technolgy mix products set for 2015

NBN Co's updated product road map released today outlines plans to introduce fibre-to-the-basement and fibre-to-the-node commercial products in 2015.
Source: ZDNet Australia

ASIO can now snoop on the entire internet

Only three MPs opposed the first tranche of national security legislation.
Source: PC Authority

Parliament passes law to let ASIO tap entire internet

The Government’s effort to expand the legislative power of the Australia's spy agency, including the breadth of computers it can access under a single warrant, has been passed by the federal parliament despite heated debate in the lower house today.
Source: iTnews Australia

iiNet, Dodo breach consumer billing rules

Internet service providers iiNet and Dodo have copped formal warnings from the Australian Communications and Media Authority for dropping the ball on consumer rights in regards to billing users.
Source: iTnews Australia

Bernardi withdraws motion to disband NBN committee

Coalition Senator Cory Bernardi has withdrawn two motions that would disband the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network and replace it with a government-dominated joint committee.
Source: Computerworld

Telco fined $225,000 for falsely claiming Telstra affiliation

Zen Telecom has been fined $225,000 by the Federal Court for breaching Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by way of misleading conduct and false or misleading representations during telemarketing calls in the 12 months ended August 2013.
Source: ARN

Global Internet speeds up, DDoS attacks down

Internet connection speeds are increasing around the globe, while distributed denial-of-service attacks are down, according to the latest report from networking services company Akamai.
Source: Computerworld

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Telstra trials 1000 public Wi-Fi sites for free in November

Australians will be able to surf the Internet at no cost on Telstra’s public Wi-Fi network when trials commence in November.
Source: ARN

ACMA to offer self-service portal for spectrum licensing

Australia's communications regulator is set to open its spectrum license database to software developers and the broader public in a bid to accelerate commercial trade in the country's radio assets.
Source: iTnews Australia