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Friday, 23/1/2015

​Ambiguity leaves AIIA questioning data-retention legislation

The peak national body representing companies including Apple, Google, Telstra, and Optus has said that the Australian government's draft data-retention legislation is too ambiguous.

Source: ZDNet Australia

IPv4 exhaustion stunts Internet growth in 2014

Expansion of the Internet slowed in 2014 as the number of available IPv4 addresses neared exhaustion, according to a report by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the regional Internet registry for the Asia Pacific.

Source: Computerworld

Aussie study aims to capture true value of public wi-fi

RMIT senior research fellow Dr Ian McShane expects Australia to experience a resurgence in community-based telecommunications as the ambitions of the national broadband network are gradually scaled back.

Source: iTnews Australia

Data retention: Telstra predicts metadata will surface in lawsuits

Telstra is expecting the metadata telcos will be forced to collect under the government's mandatory data retention scheme will be used in civil litigation, raising the possibility of it being used in cases such as copyright infringement lawsuits or family law disputes.

Source: Computerworld

Thursday, 22/1/2015

Optus, Telstra urge Govt to commit to paying cost of data retention

Australia's two largest telcos have called on the Government to make a substantial contribution to the cost of implementing its planned data retention regime, while raising concerns about the ambigious dataset contained within the Coalition's draft bill.

Source: iTnews Australia

The NBN you'll get is not the one you voted for

Freed from competition by a single-minded government, NBN Co is free to cherry pick to its heart's content, drip feeding its fibre-to-the-basement services to Australia's wealthiest areas. Yet, with so many concessions made to Telstra and so much about the NBN still up in the air, there is still more lost than gained.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Internet not yet killing free-to-air television: Deloitte

Video might have killed the radio star according to the pop hit from the 1980s, but the internet has not yet killed free-to-air television.

Source: ABC News

Wednesday, 21/1/2015

How Netflix wants to end geoblocking

Netflix is negotiating its content deals now in a way that will mean people outside of the US will no longer need to use VPNs to access the shows and films they want to watch.

Source: ZDNet Australia

New Optus prepaid offer for more data and talk time

Optus is striking back at prepaid competitors with added data and talk time, but is it enough?

Source: iTWire

Vodafone’s new 4G Wi-Fi Cube connects up to 32 devices

With the ‘average home’ having eight connected devices, Vodafone’s new 4G Wi-Fi Cube can connect 32 devices, but wireless data is still more costly than wired.

Source: iTWire

Netflix ready for Aust, NZ market battle

US internet television network Netflix says it is ready to fight for Australian and New Zealand viewers in what it describes as highly competitive markets.

Source: Computerworld