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Friday, 19th September 2014

Telstra launches accessibility initiatives

Telstra has announced a new portal to help the disabled choose equipment, has stopped using CAPTCHA, and is captioning some BigPond content.
Source: iTWire

Thursday, 18th September 2014

Turnbull reflects on 'killing the dream' of NBN 'fibre fanatics'

A year into the job, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is worried that some believe every Australian town can be a Silicon Valley with fibre to the premises, as he insists there is no money being saved in the fibre rollout.
Source: ZDNet Australia

IPv6, IANA transition headline APNIC meeting

Spurring adoption of IPv6 and promoting a smooth transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) are key Internet governance priorities for the year ahead, according to the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).
Source: Computerworld

NBN often 'indistinguishable' from existing broadband for many: Turnbull

As increasing numbers of Australians connect to the Internet using the National Broadband Network, they may well "wonder what all the fuss was about - and why the NBN is costing so much and taking so long," Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today.
Source: Computerworld

Human Services brings on Telstra for call centre work

The Australian Department of Human Services is bringing in 200 Telstra call centre staff members to handle high-volume transactions for Medicare and Centrelink.
Source: ZDNet Australia

"Wasted" money on the NBN unrecoverable: Turnbull

The money that has been "wasted" on the NBN can not be recovered, according to communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Source: ARN

Wednesday, 17th September 2014

Telco customer complaints drop 12.4 percent, but excess charges up

New complaints to the Australian Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman have dropped by almost 20,000 in the last year.
Source: ZDNet Australia

TPG decision not meaningful over long term to NBN Co: Switkowski

The rollout of the national broadband network is gaining momentum but is slower than it should be, NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski says.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Tuesday, 16th September 2014

ACCAN small business digital tech kit goes live

A new program by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network is aimed at helping small businesses make the most of broadband and emerging IT infrastructure.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Antique equipment dents IPv6 reliability

Devices on the edge of the network are holding back performance of IPv6, according to networking industry officials on a panel at APNIC 38.
Source: Computerworld

iiNet's fibre-based CBRfree Wi-Fi previewed at Commonwealth Park

Canberra has had its first taste of iiNet’s free, fibre-based public wireless network ahead of the 'official' October launch of CBRfree.
Source: ARN

Quigley's 'Project Fox' still saving NBN Co money on fibre: Morrow

NBN Co has said it is incorporating new fibre deployment methods to cut the cost and time of the roll-out, that originated from an internal program known as Project Fox.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Edward Snowden reveals tapping of major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable

A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and NZ to North America has been tapped to allow the NSA and its espionage partners to comprehensively harvest internet data.
Source: SMH

Copyright a 'burden' say economists

Two of Australia’s most experienced economists say the proposed anti-piracy laws will mean higher prices for consumers because ISPs will have to do more work.
Source: iTWire

Monday, 15th September 2014

Qld MPs push for faster NBN rollout to remote areas

A panel of Queensland parliamentarians has urged the state government to lobby its federal counterpart to move remote and regional communities up the list of areas to be connected to the national broadband network.
Source: iTnews Australia