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Tuesday, 19/1/2016

Data retention: EFA calls for govt to reject orgs seeking ‘metadata’ access

Civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia has called on Attorney-General George Brandis to reject the majority of the organisations that have sought ongoing authorisation to access telecommunications data without a warrant.

Source: Computerworld

Monday, 18/1/2016

61 agencies after warrantless access to Australian telecommunications metadata

Australia Post, the RSPCA of Victoria, and the Victorian Taxi Services Commission are among 61 agencies in Australia seeking warrantless access to metadata stored by telcos.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN trials HFC construction in 17 suburbs

NBN has revealed the 17 suburbs where Optus and Telstra have begun hybrid fibre-coaxial construction trials, ahead of a March product release.

Source: iTnews Australia

Sixty-one agencies want access to Aussie metadata

The federal government has disclosed the names of 57 agencies that are pushing to access the data collected on Australian citizens through the government's data retention regime.

Source: iTnews Australia

Netflix Won't Crack Down On Aussie VPN Users

Netflix’s geoblocking crackdown is “doomed to fail”. That’s the word from Adam Turner at the SMH, who says that the streaming giant would be mad to even make a serious effort to restrict its users to only the region they signed up in or are currently located within geographically.

Source: Gizmodo

ACCC Slaps Exetel For Misleading Its ADSL Customers

Exetel is one of Australia’s leaner ISPs, with a long history of providing low-cost ADSL internet services to users that don’t require the full-service customer support of providers like Telstra or iiNet. It’s also had a history of telling its less profitable customers to leave and find another Internet service provider — and this tactic doesn’t always sit well with Australia’s consumer watchdog. According to the ACCC, Exetel told some of its fixed-term ADSL customers in mid-2015 that they would have to move a different plan or have their service terminated, breaching Australian consumer law.

Source: Gizmodo

Exetel to compensate consumers after ACCC concerns

​Telco Exetel will compensate consumers affected by changes made to its fixed term residential broadband plans, after concerns were flagged by the ACCC.

Source: ARN

Telstra warns of potential for NBN ‘mission creep’

Telstra has indicated it is concerned about a government bill that would allow the communications minister to alter NBN’s line-of-business restrictions, which are intended to ensure it remains focussed on being open access, wholesale network​ provider.

Source: Computerworld

Friday, 15/1/2016

ABS digital stats review could reveal NBN risks

Australia’s national statistician may soon be able to offer the national network builder a deeper understanding of the potential revenue risks facing its business.

Source: iTnews Australia

Netflix to clamp down on geo-dodgers

In the coming weeks, Netflix plans to ensure that customers are only able to access the official library for the country they are currently in, not any overseas libraries they may attempt to access with technical tricks such as proxy servers and unblocking services.

Source: SMH

Thursday, 14/1/2016

Megaport inks deal with Amsterdam Internet Exchange

Elastic connection services provider Megaport is expanding into North America and Europe thanks to signing a deal with an internet exchange in Amsterdam.

Source: ZDNet Australia

There Aint No Party Like A Netflix Party 'Cause A Netflix Party Is On Your Couch

Have you ever wanted to watch Netflix with someone in another city, or even another country? You totally can with Netflix Party. Excuse me while I prepare to socialise from my couch forever more.

Source: Gizmodo

Optus calls for changes to NBN bill

Optus has called for changes to be made to a government bill intended to implement a number of recommendations of the Vertigan review into the National Broadband Network.

Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 13/1/2016

NBN exceeds FY16 activation targets

The national broadband builder is tracking well ahead of its service activation targets, seemingly defying concerns that a growing number of mobile-only households will undermine its business plan.

Source: iTnews Australia

Industry group certifies five new manufacturers of DOCSIS 3.1 modems

The new DOCSIS 3.1 cable Internet standard just moved a little bit closer to American homes today, with the news that industry research group CableLabs has certified five new manufacturers of DOCSIS 3.1 modems.

Source: Computerworld

Vendors of failed distributor PCRange find new home

Sydney-based First International Trading (FIT) has been appointed as the new Australian distributor for Billion Electric and AVM – the two major vendors of Adelaide-based PCRange, which fell into liquidation this week.

Source: CRN

Melbourne reseller builds private Nokia 4G network for mining client

Melbourne communications provider Challenge Networks has implemented a private LTE (4G) network for oil producer Beach Energy.

Source: CRN

Tuesday, 12/1/2016

Report backs commercial mobile broadband for emergency services

Tapping the private sector for mobile broadband capabilities that can be employed public safety agencies, such as police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services, is the “most efficient, effective and economical” option, according to a research report on the issue released today by the Productivity Commission.

Source: Computerworld

Distributor PCRange goes under

Adelaide-based networking distributor PCRange has entered into voluntary liquidation after being in business for the past 16 years.

Source: CRN

Open letter rejects government crackdown on encryption

More than 130 NGOs and advocacy organisations from around the world have signed an open letter calling on governments to reject policies that undermine the use and effectiveness of encryption.

Source: Computerworld


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