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Thursday, 30/10/2014


Secret government briefing admits metadata law cost and warns of 'internet tax' campaign

A leaked copy of a Coalition party room submission admits there is a cost attached to data retention and the government is anticipating a campaign against the laws that will describe it as an "internet tax".

Source: SMH


Optus beefs up home bundles

New home phone and internet bundles from Optus include Fetch TV.

Source: iTWire


Govt blasted over data retention laws

The Australian Government has "crossed the line" by trying to "rush through" legislation that will force telcos and service providers to retain customer metadata for two years, according to industry and political opponents of the bill.

Source: iTnews Australia


Turnbull introduces data retention legislation

The Coalition Government has introduced legislation governing the mandatory retention of telco metadata into Parliament - a bill that does not provide any explanation of what data is to be stored.

Source: iTnews Australia


Mandatory data retention legislation hits the Australian parliament

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning introduced legislation that will force telecommunications companies to retain customer data for two years.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Wednesday, 29/10/2014


iiNet wins Victorian free wi-fi deal

iiNet will build and operate Victoria’s free wi-fi network under a $6.7 million deal with the state government and Melbourne City Council.

Source: iTnews Australia


Free public Wi-Fi network coming to Victoria

The Victorian government and iiNet have announced a free public Wi-Fi network in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo.

Source: Computerworld


iiNet outflanks NBN Co with 100Mbps downloads in Geelong

iiNet is taking the fight to NBN Co in Geelong with download speeds of up to 100Mbps in a bid to cash in on unmet demand in the area.

Source: ARN


Today is stop Data Retention Day

A group led by three senators will gather at Parliament House today to protest against the Government’s plans to force telcos and ISPs to store customer data.

Source: iTWire


Telstra CIO resigns

Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge has resigned and will leave the company in a month’s time, the telco has confirmed.

Source: iTnews Australia


Telstra, NBN Co back in court this April

NBN Co and Telstra will this April resume their argument over consumer-price-index (CPI) adjustments in the companies' $11 billion agreement.

Source: Computerworld


'Camouflaged' internet concerns the Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police has said that the use of virtual private networks and other methods for people to anonymise themselves on the internet is a continuing concern for the law-enforcement agency.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Tuesday, 28/10/2014


255 terabits a second: New fiber speed record?

Researchers from the University of Central Florida and Eindhoven University of Technology say that they've developed a new fiber optic medium that allows data to be sent and received at up to 255Tbps, a roughly twenty-fold increase over current fiber.

Source: Computerworld


Optus signs Foxtel HD satellite agreement

Optus has signed a new agrement with Foxtel to provide additional satellite services for nine new HD channels on a five year term.

Source: ARN


iiNet compromised by Dallas Buyers Club challenge

There can be no doubt that iiNet’s decision to keep Dallas Buyers Club’s nose out of its subscriber database is best practice in terms of championing the customer. But will the ISP inadvertently hand Hollywood and its lobbyists a political win?

Source: iTnews Australia


Monday, 27/10/2014


Vocus takes 10% stake in rival Amcom for combination proposal

Vocus Communications has taken a 10 percent stake in Amcom Telecommunications Limited, along with a conditional proposal that could see a combination of the rival businesses.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Megaport spins off fibre business

Network virtualisation company Megaport is splitting off its dark fibre assets into a separate business, to be named 'Superloop', and is reviewing whether the company should list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Source: iTnews Australia


iiNet Downloaders Club - not that kind of club?

iiNet and copyright infringement is back in the news, with the owners of the Dallas Buyers Club movie applying to the Federal Court to force iiNet to divulge contact details for IP addresses alleged to have downloaded the movie.

Source: iTWire


ASIC pushes for telco data interception powers

Financial regulator ASIC has lobbied the Government to expand the agency's powers so it can receive telecommunications data from law enforcement bodies to aid in its efforts to combat financial crime.

Source: iTnews Australia


Friday, 24/10/2014


Telstra, Optus not worth chasing in Dallas Buyers Club piracy crackdown: lawyers

Online pirates on the Telstra and Optus networks can breathe easy for now, while those downloading illegal copies of movies over iiNet and smaller providers may soon receive an invoice for up to $5000 if an unusual legal case in the Federal Court is successful.

Source: SMH

 

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