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NBN Investigation: Australian Federal Police To Raid Parliament Again

Labor staffer’s emails at the Department of Parliamentary Services at Parliament House are to be accessed by the Australian Federal Police this morning, says Labor Senator and Former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. The raid is part of an ongoing investigation into leaked documents regarding the National Broadband Network.


In Melbourne, A Telco Is Rolling Its Own Gigabit Fibre Internet

Following the lead of Google in the US, Melbourne telco DGtek is launching a 1 Gbps suburban GPON fibre service this month to serve homes and businesses hungry for bandwidth. The service will begin connecting customers at the end of August, starting in the beachside suburb of Elwood and extending across Melbourne’s densely-populated inner south-eastern suburbs. DGtek is also evaluating plans to extend to Adelaide and Sydney, along with regional Victoria starting with Geelong.


Ask Gizmodo: Why Are My iTunes Downloads Slow?

Hi Gizmodo! Long time reader, first time Asker. Hopefully the old adage of there being no stupid questions holds true here. So, I reside in the Guantanamo Bay of the Apple universe and, as such, watch most of my content via two Apple TVs (third and fourth gen). What has me puzzled is that they both stream Netflix in HD silky smooth, and movies via iTunes are completely downloaded minutes after starting them.

TV series via iTunes on the other hand are painfully slow, usually taking around 60-200 minutes for a half hour show to become watchable in SD. My question is, beyond my home network and my ISP is there some factor in the way this content is delivered that could account for the tremendous difference in performance?


NBN Says Its Rollout Is 'On Track'

The National Broadband Network released its 2016 yearly results today, showing the rollout “continues to exceed its connection and financial targets”. A spokesperson for Senator Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications says this is “the latest evidence of the benefits of the Coalition’s faster, more affordable NBN rollout”.


Broadband Advertising Is Too Vague, Says ACCC

Has a grinning olympian convinced you to upgrade to the NBN? Or maybe you’ve hooked up to “super fast high speed” internet. But do you most people actually know what they are buying when they sign up to an internet service provider deal?

We need to be provided with better information about broadband speeds, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says, amid concerns about the current state of advertising claims.


Making Internet Access A Right, Not A Privilege

The Productivity Commission is currently holding an inquiry into the “Universal Service Obligation” — originally designed to ensure that everyone could have access to a traditional telephone service. Lobby group Internet Australia has told the Productivity Commission the USO should be expanded to include a “right to Internet access via fast and affordable broadband” — especially as 2016 is The National Year of Digital Inclusion.


NBN Is Launching A Satellite Covered In Australian Faces

The future is a satellite with a myriad of Australian faces plastered to it, smiling down at the Earth, forever, until we are all gone and it is nothing but space junk. Well, strap yourselves in, folks, because the future is now.

NBN’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, is scheduled to blast into space on 5 October 2016.


The ACCC Is Looking For Feedback On Proposed NBN Changes

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is asking for submissions regarding NBN’s proposed variation to its “Special Access Undertaking” (SAU), lodged on 27 May, which is a part of the regulatory framework for governing prices and other terms for the NBN supply to retailers until 2040.

The main proposed changes are to incorporate fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) and hybrid fibre coaxial technologies (HFC) into the undertaking, but it also includes changes to reporting.


NBN Chief Architect Quits Days Before Australian Election

National Broadband Network chief architect Tony Cross, whose role placed him in charge of the rollout of copper connections, resigned today. After six years on the project, Cross’ last day will be this Friday, the day before the Federal Election is to be held.


Former NBN Boss Reveals Copper Will Cost More Than Fibre

Former NBN boss Mike Quigley has told the Melbourne University Networked Society Institute that the current copper-based FTTN strategy would end up costing more than the original fibre-optic model, prompting lobby group Internet Australia to renew its call for a review of the National Broadband Network.

If it continued as planned, Quigley says, the FTTP rollout would have cost $45 billion and been finished by 2021.


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