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We're falling (further) behind, guys. The latest State of the Internet report from Web giant Akamai, released in the dying days of 2016, paints a pretty bleak picture of how our nation's internet connectivity is beginning to further lag behind other competing countries around our region and the world.

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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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TPG currently stands as the second largest internet service provider (ISP) in Australia, and is a force to be reckoned with in the telecommunications industry. Its rapid growth is mainly attributed to strategic acquisitions it has made in recent years. One of those acquisitions was iiNet, an ISP that boasted high customer satisfaction and respect in the community.

A year after TPG bought iiNet, the situation looks bleak for the ISP that was once the darling of the telco industry. Most recently, iiNet's Sydney office was shut down, most of its staff made redundant. We spoke to one former iiNet employee to get the insider story on the aftermath of the TPG acquisition. We also spoke with iiNet, to get its side of the story.

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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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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) says that information about broadband speeds isn't being communicated to consumers in a clear and upfront way.

ACCAN's submission to the ACCC's consultation on broadband speed highlights that information provided to consumers about broadband speeds is often confusing and can also be misleading as claimed speeds frequently don't match reality.

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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.

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How does your ISP stack up against the rest in the Netflix stakes? Well, we could descend into fact-absent bickering or, you know, just check out Netflix's own stats for Australia's top service providers. It even has recent data and if you're a Telstra customer, don't expect to win any of these debates in the near future.

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With just over a month to go before Australia's federal election, you're going to be hearing a lot from every side on the economy, negative gearing, health and the environment. But anyone who reads Gizmodo is going to have be listening for answers to Australia's most pressing tech questions — and ACCAN has identified the five most pressing issues prioritised by tech-minded Aussies.