Broadband News - Page 1
Tuesday, 22nd July 2014
Independent MP for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has shed light on some of the issues plaguing the rollout of the fibre to the premises network in Tasmania by construction contractor Visionstream, and the steps NBN Co has implemented to fix it.
Three stealthy tracking mechanisms designed to avoid weaknesses in browser cookies pose potential privacy risks to Internet users, a new research paper has concluded.
NBN Co has begun accepting registrations for its subsidised satellite broadband service. The new service is designed to connect the 9000 households and businesses in remote areas of Australia that are currently unable to access NBN Co's Interim Satellite Service.
US streaming video supplier Netflix is planning to launch in Australia, holding talks with local content suppliers. So say the continuing rumours, but the ground is shifting under its feet and it may be too late.
NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS).
Monday, 21st July 2014
Internet service provider iiNet has hit out at confirmation that the government is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos may be forced to keep records on their customers' online activities.
The central business districts (CBDs) of Darwin and Perth have gained a head start in commercial access to Optus’ 700MHz-based 4G, with the telecommunications provider having switched on the network today.
The first commercial services for 4G in the 700MHz spectrum band are expected to be launched this week by both Optus and Telstra in Darwin, Perth, Fremantle, Mt Isa, Mildura, Griffith, and Esperance, following commercial licence grants by the ACMA.
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Director-General David Irvine has said critics of the controversial data retention proposals fail to understand the safeguards in place.
Thursday, 17th July 2014
Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has established an inquiry into the use of the controversial Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act that allows government agencies to have content removed from the internet.
Telstra has successfully sued NBN Co over a $200 million pricing dispute arising from how much NBN Co should pay for access to Telstra’s pits, pipes, ducts and exchanges.
A motion by Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi to replace the Senate's National Broadband Network committee and replace it with a government-dominated committee has been deferred for a second time.
Australia's Coalition Government has been forced to put off a planned restructure of the Senate Select Committee investigating the national broadband network after failing to convince cross benchers to vote for the motion.
The first report out of the NBN Panel of Experts, appointed by the government to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network, has rejected calls by telcos to further strengthen the rules that restrict NBN Co to wholesale-only operations.
Wednesday, 16th July 2014
The Coalition majority of a Senate committee investigating whether the Government should mandate the rollout of fibre to Tasmanian premises has recommended the bill be scrapped, but the committee's Labor minority is continuing to push for its passage into law.
The Coalition is set to dismantle the Labor-Greens majority NBN Senate committee in favour of a joint committee dominated by government MPs, with the help of Palmer United Party senators.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi will today move a motion to disband the current Senate Select Committee investigating the NBN in favour of a majority Liberal panel.
Tuesday, 15th July 2014
NBN Co has met with a manufacturer promising a cheaper way to deploy fibre-to-the-premisess broadband services and said the technology could be deployed in areas where fibre-to-the-node services were not feasible.
Talking points obtained under Freedom of Information state that any mandatory data retention regime in Australia would be different to the European directive that was thrown out by the European Court of Justice.
Monday, 14th July 2014
Australian Labor MP and the chair of the committee that investigated Australia's telecommunications interception laws has called for the Coalition government to bring on data retention legislation.
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