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Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

Lack of transparency in Transparency Report


Amidst controversy over data retention, Telstra has published its latest transparency report on the number of requests it has received from government for information.

ISPs offer ways to combat online copyright infringement


The ISP industry has proposed constructive strategies to combat online copyright infringement, but warned that elements of the Federal Government’s current proposals would damage industry and consumers alike.

Cloud storage facilities in the spotlight over leaked photos

ABC News

Explicit photos of dozens of female celebrities have surfaced on the internet triggering many to question the security of online storage facilities.

Monday, 1st September 2014

ISPs willing to walk the plank with Abbott, Brandis


In a surprise move Australia's biggests ISPs have come out in support of a piracy crackdown, announcing they're willing to negotiate with the Abbott government about its controversial proposals.

ISPs willing to negotiate on 'three strikes' piracy regime

iTnews Australia

Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.

Bill shock measures extended to all Australian telcos

ZDNet Australia

Customers of smaller Australian telcos are set to begin receiving the same usage alerts provided to customers of Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone.

Telstra takes 85k requests for user data in 12 months

iTnews Australia

Telstra received just under 85,000 requests for customer information from government agencies in its 2014 financial year, the telco revealed in its first full year transparency report released today.

Vodafone quietly tests NBN Co fibre for tower backhaul

ZDNet Australia

Vodafone and NBN Co have been quietly testing out using NBN Co's fibre as backhaul for Vodafone's mobile network.

Optus automates credit risk; makes 70 redundant

iTnews Australia

Optus has announced plans to make 70 Australian positions redundant through the telco's efforts to automate its credit risk management systems.

Friday, 29th August 2014

NBN CBA proves Turnbull's MTM is fraudband

iTnews Australia

Sometimes in politics, it is the actions of your opponents that best crystallise the virtues of your own policies.

Time for a reality check on Labor's CBA-less NBN strategy

ZDNet Australia

Labor-hating has become so popular that few bother remembering the real reason FttP was introduced without a CBA in the first place. But as the Coalition crows about a cost-benefit analysis justifying an FttN NBN 10 times costlier than Labor's own FttN policy, it's worth taking time out for a reality check.

Mobile lobby blames federal laws for dodgy airport reception

iTnews Australia

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has pushed the federal government to adopt more lenient planning laws to allow carriers to improve mobile coverage in the nation's airports.

Film companies want US-style system to penalise downloaders


The copyright industry's response to the government's proposal to curb the unauthorised downloading of online content remains the same as it was years and years ago: it wants everyone else to take responsibility, and wants to reap the rewards.

Thursday, 28th August 2014

Leaked paper reveals Australia's obsessive metadata secrecy

ZDNet Australia

The Australian government has been discussing a detailed data-retention wish list with internet service providers for more than four years - with citizens kept in the dark.

Coalition must push on with 'a slower NBN sooner', but hurdles remain for Malcolm Turnbull


The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the NBN predictably backs the Coalition's option, but Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull still has to deliver.

NBN likely to share HFC with Foxtel


National Broadband Network services and pay TV service Foxtel are likely to co-exist on the hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network currently owned by Telstra, according to NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow.

Morrow says NBN Co to get detail on Telstra's copper quality

ZDNet Australia

NBN Co will have access to reports on the quality of Telstra's copper network and where pits have been flooded in the past, as part of the revised NBN deal, CEO Bill Morrow has said.

Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking


Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.

Vocus posts record year as statutory profit more than doubles

ZDNet Australia

Vocus Communications has cited organic growth as the driver of another banner year for the network and datacentre company.

NBN Co aims to double users, revenue in one year

iTnews Australia

NBN Co plans to double the 210,628 active users currently on the national broadband network and the $61 million in revenue it reported for fiscal 2014 in the 12 months to June next year.


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