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Thursday, 31st July 2014

Piracy is theft but content owners need to up their game: Turnbull

ZDNet Australia

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said online copyright infringement needs to be deterred in Australia, but has said content owners should pay for any notification system and ensure their content is available in a timely and affordable manner.

Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes


Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.

Ericsson Australia wins four-year NBN Co contract


NBN Co has handed Ericsson Australia a four year contract to deliver fixed wireless and satellite services to premises across regional Australia.

NBN Co plans cut on controversial capacity charge

ZDNet Australia

NBN Co has flagged it is planning to cut its controversial connectivity virtual circuit charge by 12.5 percent in October, amongst other proposals to change the company's pricing model.

Data retention scheme would lead to surveillance tax on consumers, say telcos


Internet users could pay up to $100 a year extra if the federal government implements a scheme requiring telecommunications companies to store customer phone and internet data for two years, according to one of the country’s largest internet service providers.

TV finally losing its heated battle with the Internet


The seemingly inevitable is finally upon us - Internet use has almost taken over from TV as our preferred source of entertainment, while reading news online has overtaken newspapers according to a new survey.

Australian mobile users switch to Aldi, Amaysim

ZDNet Australia

In a relatively saturated mobile market, Australian mobile resellers Amaysim and Aldi are picking up market share, according to the latest statistics.

Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Telstra retreat hands Vodafone Splendour mobile coverage win

ZDNet Australia

The mobile services of both Telstra and Optus were virtually unusable for the 30,000 pundits attending this year's Splendour in the Grass festival, while the underdog Vodafone performed best.

Vodafone announces big 4G push – in the city


Vodafone says it aims to reach 95% of Australia’s metropolitan population with its 4G network by end of 2014.

Govt must store data in retention regime: iiNet

iTnews Australia

The Government must be responsible for the storage and protection of data held as part of its 'unnecessary and disproportionate' proposed mandatory data retention regime, according to the scheme's most vocal opponent, internet service provider iiNet.

Vodafone re-allocates 850MHz 4G spectrum a week after Telstra and Optus 700MHz launch


Vodafone pulled the plug on its bid for a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum in 2012, and is now re-allocating its existing 850MHz spectrum to compete with Telstra and Optus, both of which launched their respective 700MHz networks to limited locations earlier this month.

Monday, 28th July 2014

NBN Co sets September FTTP service date for TPG areas

iTnews Australia

NBN Co's fibre-to-the-premise product will be ready for service in areas where internet service provider TPG is seen as posing a competitive threat from late September this year.

NBN Co examines 'connected home' opportunities for RSPs


NBN Co, in conjunction with Ovum, has released a report highlighting opportunities for service providers to innovate and profit from the rise of the 'connected home'.

Beware the spin behind Australia's copyright law discussion paper

ZDNet Australia

Another week, another propaganda-driven proposal from the mind of Australian Attorney-General Brandis. This one assumes that ISPs need to fix other people's broken product distribution models.

Friday, 25th July 2014

Govt proposes crackdown on ISPs over piracy

iTnews Australia

The Australian government has proposed amending the country's Copyright Act to make internet service providers legally responsible when their users infringe on copyrighted material, and to allow the copyright industry to force ISPs through the courts to censor specific websites.

Brandis proposes website blocking and piracy crackdown

ZDNet Australia

A leaked discussion paper from the Australian Attorney-General's Department reveals proposals to implement new legislation to undo the High Court's judgement in the 2012 iiNet copyright infringement case against Hollywood film studios, and force ISPs to block websites containing copyright infringing material.

Thursday, 24th July 2014

Turnbull urges ACCC to avoid NBN migration 'price shock'

ZDNet Australia

Federal communication minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is urging the Australian competition watchdog to avoid making any decisions that could result in an NBN migration "price shock".

Turnbull warns ACCC against undermining Telstra NBN agreement


Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and finance minister Mathias Cormann have warned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that cutting wholesale pricing for services over Telstra's copper network could negatively affect the National Broadband Network rollout.

Telstra sends more jobs to Asia


When Telstra boss David Thodey said the company's future is in Asia, he was right. That’s where many of the company's jobs are headed.

Australia a wireless leader and wired laggard


Australia has the second highest rate of broadband mobile in the world but ranks a lowly 21st place in fixed broadband. Australia has 114.4 wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 population but just 26.1 fixed connections per 100, according to the latest figures from the OECD.


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