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Thursday, 28th August 2014


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


NBN Co calls Telstra back to court over CPI adjustments

NBN Co has appealed a decision by the New South Wales Supreme Court that had supported Telstra’s interpretation of consumer-price-index (CPI) adjustments in the companies’ $11 billion agreement.
Source: Computerworld


Labor, Greens slam analysis for favouring 'dog's breakfast' NBN

The government's NBN cost-benefit analysis report said exactly what the government wanted it to say, Labor and the Greens have said.
Source: ZDNet Australia


NBN cost-benefit analysis signals the end of an era

The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network suggests the days of politicians shooting from the hip with taxpayer dollars are numbered.
Source: Computerworld


Telstra blamed for Australia's high bandwidth cost

Content delivery network provider CloudFlare has attacked Australia's largest telco Telstra for imposing a high bandwidth cost for both international and national data transit.
Source: iTnews Australia


NBN: Labor condemns 'flawed' Vertigan panel report

The shadow minister for communications, Blaxland MP Jason Clare, has condemned the cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network commissioned by the government as "flawed" and "not independent".
Source: Computerworld


Vertigan panel backs Coalition's NBN

The Coalition's cut-price National Broadband Network would deliver a net economic boost of $18 billion compared with $2 billion for Labor's gold-plated version, according to the first cost-benefit analysis of Australia's largest infrastructure project.
Source: ARN


Australia billions better off under cut-price NBN: report

The Federal Government has released a long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Source: ABC News


Tuesday, 26th August 2014


Telstra trials 4G 700MHz services in Sydney, Adelaide

Telstra will add Sydney and Adelaide to its trial of 4G services on new blocks of 700MHz spectrum in mid September, ahead of the formal commencement of access licenses in early 2015.
Source: iTnews Australia


Leaked paper clarifies Australian metadata retention proposal

Browsing history is reportedly not part of Australia's proposed data-retention scheme, but the amount of data uploaded and downloaded by a connection, along with financial information will be kept, according to a leaked document.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Coalition move to disband Senate’s NBN committee deferred (again)

A motion by Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi to disband the Senate's National Broadband Network committee has been postponed for a third time.
Source: Computerworld


Aussie, Kiwi spies hooked into NSA metadata search engine

The Australian Signals Directorate is able to tap into the details of hundreds of billions of private communications records, thanks to a custom Google-like search engine built by the National Security Agency (NSA), new leaked documents reveal.
Source: iTnews Australia


Monday, 25th August 2014


It's five FTTN NBN customers down, over 11 million to go

Malcolm Turnbull would have been quietly relieved to preside over the unveiling of Australia's first FTTN NBN customers. But the launch did nothing to clarify questions around the government's relationship with Telstra, the competitive stance of the Coalition's NBN, and the nagging suspicion that Turnbull is digging himself into a deep, deep hole.
Source: ZDNet Australia