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Friday, 30/1/2015

NBN failure leaves man with no phone or internet, but he's still getting the bills

A resident of Wollongong suburb Dapto has spent the past three months without a phone or internet connection — but says Telstra keeps sending him bills anyway.

Source: SMH

Optus says data retention is 'workable'

Australia's second-largest telco has joined its biggest rival in confirming the proposed set of data that the government wants telcos to retain for law-enforcement purposes is 'workable' for the company.

Source: ZDNet Australia

No rules for data destruction in retention scheme

Optus has voiced concerns that the Government has made no provision to ensure data collected under its proposed retention regime is destroyed once the two-year mandatory storage period is up.

Source: iTnews Australia

Data retention to involve 'petabytes of data' for Vodafone

Recording data that will allow IP addresses to be matched to individual customers will involve Vodafone storing petabytes of information it would otherwise be unlikely to keep, the telco has said.

Source: Computerworld

Thursday, 29/1/2015

Top cop's claims cast shadow over data-retention plan

As Australian lawmakers debate legislation forcing telcos to retain customers' metadata for a minimum of two years, NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas has claimed that he and others have been the target of inappropriately warranted electronic surveillance by his own force.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra refuses to disclose cost of data retention

Australia’s largest telco Telstra has refused to disclose how much it expects the Government’s data retention scheme will cost to implement, claiming the figure as commercial-in-confidence.

Source: iTnews Australia

Wednesday, 28/1/2015

Data retention: Two years too long to keep IP addresses, says Vodafone

Telecommunications providers shouldn't be forced to retain the IP addresses assigned to their customers for 24 months, Vodafone has argued.

Source: Computerworld

Warnings Australian spy agency won't delete retained data

The inspector-general of Intelligence and Security has warned that Australia's top spy agency is under no obligation to delete data it receives under mandatory data-retention legislation.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Turnbull ticks Telstra-NBN HFC migration plan

NBN Co will be required to provide rollout information to all retailers in a bid to prevent Telstra from gaining a competitive advantage as the NBN begins taking over the company's HFC network.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Tuesday, 27/1/2015

Singtel-Optus chief pledges to break Telstra's stronghold

SingTel-Optus' new chief executive Allen Lew has pledged to break Telstra's mobile service dominance and build the nation's leading network in a move that could trigger a multibillion-dollar construction arms race between the telco giants.

Source: SMH

How a shock jock got pranksters fired using metadata

The case for mandatory data retention is that the data is crucial for averting terrorism or big crimes -- but sometimes its use is a little more questionable.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Presto turns on TV for Android tablet users

Select Android tablets, mostly from Samsung but also the Nexus 7, now join the iPad, Chromecast, PCs and Macs in being able to watch Presto’s TV programming, but still no Android smartphones, iPhones, smart TVs or games consoles as with Netflix - yet.

Source: iTWire

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


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