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FCC Passes Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In America's History

The open internet finally got the protection it deserves from profit-hungry cable companies. The FCC just approved the strongest set of net neutrality rules in this country’s history, punctuating a years-long battle for this future of the internet. However, the war’s not yet over.


Did The Internet Win Yet? No. But Here's What We Got.

It’s a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let’s be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy.


It's Finally Game Time For Net Neutrality

On Thursday, the US government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great news — if true.


Foxtel Broadband Bundles: Everything You Need To Know

Foxtel’s long-awaited broadband bundles are here. For a nominal fee, you get home internet, fixed-line service and Foxtel entertainment in one bill, all delivered over the Telstra network. Here’s what you’ll pay (hint: it’s expensive), and everything else you need to know.


FCC Redefines Broadband As Guaranteed Download Speeds Of 25 Mbps Or Faster

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to redefine broadband as “internet which is actually fast enough to use”. Now, in order to call its service broadband, companies in the US will need to guarantee download speeds of 25 Mbps or faster and upload speeds of 3 Mbps or faster. This is really, really good news.


Imagine If We Could Have The Internet Plan New York Just Announced...

Good news if you live in New York! Your internet is about to get faster and cheaper, and all it took was the shuffling of funds from big corporate banks to companies working hard to improve infrastructure for the good of the people — if you live in New York. Good job, New York. Your turn, everywhere else.


Obama Wants America To Have Better Internet

In addition to laying out the framework for new cybersecurity laws, US President Barack Obama also did some dabbling in internet regulation today. Expect the FCC to get some very serious-sounding letters in the mail soon.


NBN Co Will Start Offering Cable Broadband In 2016

A key element of the multi-technology mix (MTM) approach to the National Broadband Network is making use of the existing pay TV cable (HFC) network. With the agreements to acquire those networks from Telstra and Optus finalised earlier this week, NBN Co has now set a somewhat firmer timetable for when it will start offering services on that network.


We Need To Talk About Upload Speeds

Opinion: Australia is home to some incredible high-tech businesses, and Aussies can access some technologically amazing services — take video on demand, for example — with the quality of internet that we already have. Our download speeds, on the world stage, are okay. In the long and ongoing and convoluted and annoying argument about the National Broadband Network and about our countrywide internet, though, we’re all getting caught up talking about downloads, and it’s uploads that really matter.


Broadband Projections Fail The Reality Test

In their cost-benefit analysis of the national broadband network, the Vertigan panel predicts that in 2023, an average Australian household will require a broadband download speed of 15 megabits per second (Mbps). Bill Morrow, the CEO of NBN Co said he is ‘curious’ about this prediction. I would go further and say it is simply wrong, and calls into question the validity of the conclusions of the Vertigan cost-benefit analysis.