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Tasmanian Council Seeking Refund For $10,000 NBN Quote

When the Meander Valley Council in Tasmania commissioned a quote from NBN for fibre to the premises (FTTP) upgrades in three of its towns, it expected to receive more detail than “could have been arrived at with publicly available information”.

Two two-page reports, a map of the proposed connection area, a paragraph with details about the charges, “general information” and a fee estimate confidentiality clause cost the council $10,000 to obtain, and now it wants its money back.


The NBN Is Making Australia's Country Towns More Appealing

Kiama (NSW), Ballarat (VIC), Toowoomba (QLD), St Helens (TAS), Victor Harbour (SA), Mandurah (WA) and Howard Springs (NT) are highlighted as potential boom towns for the latest lifestyle movement, identified in research from a report commissioned by NBN.

It’s dubbed an “e-change” (as opposed to “sea-change”), and involves escaping the city in search of a better lifestyle and “super connectivity”.


This Week's Biggest NBN And Telco News: Tasmania's Internet Cable Cut

Here’s where we round up all the Aussie news around the ‘net about the ‘net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy to data retention and the NBN.


One Of Tasmania's Major Undersea Internet Cables Will Be Cut For Over A Month

The major Basslink undersea power and communications cable that connects Tasmania to the Australian mainland will be cut until mid-March, while the company investigates and fixes a failure in its electricity transmission capacity. That’ll leave Tasmanians with severely reduced connectivity to the internet for nearly six weeks, although contingencies are in place.


This Week's Biggest NBN And Telco News: NBN Ads From An Alternate Future

Here’s where we round up all the Aussie news around the ‘net about the ‘net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy to data retention and the NBN.


NBN Ads From An Alternate Future

Imagine an alternate universe. A future, or a past, where a fibre-to-the-premises NBN already exists and is being built out around Australia. Coming up to an election, an opposition campaign to dismantle that network is countered by a series of government advertisements about the advantages of FTTP, and its uses for high-definition video calls, telehealth, and Ultra HD video streaming. This is that universe, and these are those ads.


This Week's Biggest NBN And Telco News: Telstra Rolls Out Copper Instead Of Fibre

Here’s where we round up all the Aussie news around the ‘net about the ‘net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy to data retention and the NBN.


NBN Responds To Claims FTTP Is Better Value Than FTTN

Research has revealed the longer term costs and savings of Fibre To The Premises when compared to Fibre To The Node, but NBN says a fast rollout is priority.


NBN Is Paying Telstra To Fix Its Own Network

Telstra and NBN today have signed a deal that will see Telstra being paid $80 million in the first year of two new contracts to oversee, maintain and repair faults in its copper and HFC networks. “This is a big deal,” a spokesperson for NBN told Gizmodo Australia — “it’s the final piece of the NBN jigsaw puzzle”.


Malcolm's Mess: How The Coalition's NBN Came Unstuck

It’s been a tough few weeks for the Prime Minister’s record on the national broadband network (NBN), though you might have missed it amid all the talk about “innovation” and “the ideas boom”.


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