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In 2020, it might just turn out that the city with the fastest internet in Australia is Adelaide. The city recently put out a tender for expressions of interest for international partners to collaborate on building a fibre network capable of 10Gbps transfer rates, 100 times faster than the current capability of the best possible NBN fibre hook-up. It wants to start and complete the project within the next three years.

Adelaide. Who would have thought it?

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Back in October 2012, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission declared a local bitstream access service (LBAS), then in July 2016, a superfast broadband access service (SBAS). This means that the network owners must provide access to the service if requested, so that all service providers have access to the infrastructure they need "to supply competitive communications services to end-users".

When a commercial agreement can't be reached, prices apply. Today the ACCC have released a draft of what those prices would be.

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The NBN might not be available everywhere, but if you live in the heart of a major Australian city you're pretty spoiled for choice. Deciding which plan to sign up for can therefore be a bit daunting. If you require lots of data at the cheapest possible price, this roundup of unlimited NBN plans will help to narrow down your selection.

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The company overseeing the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout has signed a number of deals for the implementation of fibre to around 525,000 premises in Sydney and Melbourne. Most of them will be served by fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC). Here are the details.

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The National Broadband Network promised that we'd have a searchable rollout map, a way we can check when we can connect, available by the end of 2016.

With a little over a week to spare, it's actually up and running - unless you're in a Hybrid Fibre Co-Axial area.

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Today the Parliamentary Budget Office released a report showing exactly how much money the Australian Government has already invested into NBN Co, and how much it is expected to cost over the next 10 years.

Including details on a recent $19.5 billion loan, which was given despite an existing government investment of $20.3 billion, and the existance of an investment cap of $29.5 billion, the report says rollout is due for competition in 2020, at a total cost of $49 billion.

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The cost of connecting some regional areas to broadband - via satellite and fixed connections - is high enough that it is just not profitable.

Currently, this is solved by cross-subsidising internally within NBN, but if a new plan from the Department of Communications goes ahead, as of July next year a $7.10 per month charge will apply to the ISP bill of every customer with a fixed-line broadband capable of 25Mbps or more - with the money to be put towards a newly drafted "Regional Broadband Scheme".

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The NBN's Goldilocks technology of fibre to the distribution point (FttDP) — sitting just right in between the convenience of fibre to the node (FttN) and the speed of fibre to the premises (FttP) — is a step closer to becoming a reality in Australia. NBN calls the tech 'fibre to the curb' (FttC) for some unknown reason, rather than FttDP or fibre to the driveway, but it's earmarked Australia's own Netcomm Wireless as the supplier of tech for the future network build-out.

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Customer complaints about NBN connections are up by 63 per cent, and complaints about NBN line faults are up nearly 150 per cent, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's 2015-16 annual report released today. The NBN now accounts for almost 12 per cent of TIO complaints, but there's also a good side to the news: we're not complaining as much about our mobile and landline telephones any more.

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Last week, upstart Singaporean ISP MyRepublic launched an unlimited data, single speed tier plan on Australia's NBN. It has a 'gamer' variant of that plan, too, that it says is actually different — not just branding, not just smoke and mirrors. It's talking about optimised latency for gaming, and optimised routes to popular servers.

We spoke to the man that promises to make it happen in Australia, and he has some choice words about how to fix the NBN, what Telstra and Optus are doing wrong, and how building a network for gamers is easy — if you know what you're doing.

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With well over a million properties actively connected to the NBN, Australia's national broadband network is apparently starting to accelerate the speed of its rollout: the government-owned company calls it "continuing momentum". What's interesting, though, is how many customers are opting for higher speed tiers, suggesting that people actually do want faster internet — echoing the recent comments of upstart ISP MyRepublic, which says flawed copper-based technologies like fibre to the node are nowhere near future-proof.

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MyRepublic, touting itself as the ISP "for gamers", hits Australia on 15 November with a 100Mbps unlimted NBN plan for $59.99 per month. Here's everything we know so far.

As my new favourite commenter Tom Haynes says "I'll probably even be able to afford that on my old age pension by the time the NBN reaches me here 15 km from the centre of the 6th largest city in Australia."

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Foxtel has just launched itself head-first into the 21st century. The long-time cable subscription telly business has started offering its triple-play broadband, TV and home phone bundle packages to customers covered by the fibre to the premises portion of the country's national broadband network, and will let any customers on its ADSL plans transition to the NBN without having to re-jig their contracts. But it's pricy.

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FttNI might be a reality, if Pauline Hanson has her way.

As you may have heard, Hanson is the latest Joint Standing Committee member for the National Broadband Network. Now she has written to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield asking him to back a proposed 90km fibre optic spur to Norfolk Island from the $US300m Hawaiki Cable that will link the United States, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand.

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The latest results from NBN lab trials of XG.FAST are in. Yes, that is the name of copper acceleration technology — an extension of Nokia's commercially available G.fast technology — not an antiperspirant spray designed to boost your masculinity. Basically, it's powering up the existing copper network to deliver fiber-like speeds, and has achieved lab results of 8Gbps over 30 metres of twisted-pair copper — 900 times faster than the average broadband speed.

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We are Australians. We play games online. We get our arses kicked because Australian internet is terrible. It's a disgrace. It's a damn disgrace.

But relax guys. Relax. Pauline Hanson is on the case. She knows. Pauline understands. Pauline Hanson is here to shake things up. Australian gamers, if Pauline Hanson has her way you will lose no more!