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Turnbull is right – we need to have a Press Club debate about the NBN

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ELECTION 2013: I can’t believe I’m writing this, but alas there is a first time for everything. I believe Malcolm Turnbull is right, communications minister Anthony Albanese should appear in a debate about the NBN at the National Press Club. Why? Despite my personal feeling that the Coalition’s proposal is technologically inferior, it would be nice to have all the facts and figures from both proposals out there in the public forum […]

The NBN, service providers and you … what could go wrong?

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Image: NBN Co Unless you’ve been boycotting all forms of media in the past five years, you’ll be aware that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is well and truly on its way. For some of us the NBN is already here, and for others it will hopefully arrive in a year or two. But for most Australians, the NBN will not arrive for five to ten years. The NBN rollout […]

Budget: NBN cancellation would cost nearly $2 billion

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) BUDGET 2012: The budget has revealed the cost of cancelling the $36 billion National Broadband Network would see a $1.8 billion black hole –  something that the Coalition needs to accommodate in its budgets if it does go through and scrap the entire project. This stems from an agreement between NBN Co and the Australian Government that sees the government “in the event of a termination […]

OPINION: We need a ‘FTTH’ NBN

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Image: m0php/Flickr (Creative Commons) Well lately on Delimiter, there has been a lot of talk about the NBN and what will form this National Broadband Network. Now yes, I am a NBN supporter, for obvious reasons. We all know Australia isn’t renowned for its internet access and this can be accredited to many things, but something needs to be done about it. Telstra’s network. Certain aspects of it have been in existence for several […]

Huawei banned in NBN supplier bid due to ASIO’s fears of army ties

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Australian Government reportedly stopped Chinese mobile equipment maker Huawei Technologies from bidding to become a major supplier to the National Broadband Network, over fears of cyber attacks from China and its CEO’s links to the army. According to The Australian Financial Review, the Attorney-General’s office told the company that they were banned – despite a reported endorsement by NBN Co’s technology department. That advice was […]

NBN Co sign $620m deal for two satellites to connect rural Australians to network

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NBN Illustration about the two satellites (Image: NBN Co/via @JuliaGillard) Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy have announced that NBN Co has reached an agreement to buy two satellites to allow fast broadband service to rural and remote parts of the service. The deal, worth $620 million, was awarded to Loral. They will be designed and developed in California, and will be launched in 2015 – […]

ACCC: Telstra-NBN deal might not approved by December

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The AU$11 billion deal between Telstra and NBN Co may not be finalised by the December 20 deadline, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), putting the deal in jeopardy. The ACCC is seeking more information from Telstra over the deal, after it had found some deficiencies in the original proposal. ACCC’s chairman Rod Simms told the ABC, “We’re working to achieve that objective, but I can’t guarantee that we will.” “We’ll […]

NBN urged to review security after arrests of hacker

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) NBN Co, the company responsible for building the network on mainland Australia, is being urged to review its security after the arrest of a hacker who has been accused of penetrating the network of one of the suppliers. According to The Australian, AusCERT is having concerns that NBN Co was treating the network’s security as an extra add-on. “Generally, in a security sense, if it’s not incorporated into the architecture of the […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 41: Copyright THIS!

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Image: Fertala/Flickr (Creative Commons) New Zealand is about to get a three-strikes law that remains very controversial, in how it got passed and what’s in the law. The TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast discuss the impact it has, while also discussing about Android’s latest security flaw and the BlackBerry Playbook. Meanwhile, it looks like one post on our site is about to be a cause in an all-out staff rivalry – I’ll […]

Feature: Are Australian ISPs ready for IPv6?

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Oh no. The Internet is running of addresses! What shall we do!? Is this the end of the world!? Calm down, it isn’t the end of the world, it just happens to be a technical inconvenience as we already have a solution to fix the very problem called IPv6. But there’s already another problem: it hasn’t been readily deployed. As we face the last remaining blocks and addresses available on […]

The Year in Review 2010: The Highlights Reel

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2010. What a year to end a decade. From political uncertainty in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the leaking of important US documents – from Afghanistan to diplomatic cables – and even a possible upheaval of our classification system to finally allow a R18+ rating in Australia, bringing it in line with other western nations. We got more information about the new National Broadband Network, while we […]

NBN Corporate plan released – $24/month, a decade to roll out

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The National Broadband Network’s plan has been released to the public, giving many politicians an early Christmas present to find out more information about the $43 billion broadband network, and the NBN Co’s actual business plan. Wholesale pricing will start at $24 a month, with a fibre connection of 12Mbps download speed and 1Mbps upload speed. There will also be other pricing points for wholesale customers. but they have not […]

Greens refuse NBN briefing over non-disclosure clause

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The Greens have declined an offer by the Government to have a private briefing on the National Broadband Network after being told that they had to sign a seven-year non-disclosure clause before having the briefing. “It imposes a seven-year non-disclosure option, which would be voided for the material that the Government eventually does put into the public domain,” Senator Scott Ludlam, the Communications spokeman for the Greens, said.

Poll: Which broadband plan is better? NBN or NBC?

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ELECTION 2010: Since we like gauging opinion, we want to ask what you think about the recent policy announcement from the Liberal Party about their broadband plan. So we have decided to compare the two plans from the Coalition and the Labor parties, and you can decide which you like by voting on our little poll at the end.

Greens announce support for NBN

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ELECTION 2010: The National Broadband Network gets another political party tick of approval – this time from the Greens, after announcing in a statement that it will pledge its support for the multimillion dollar project that is at risk when the Liberals win the election.