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The Basslink cable connecting Tasmania to mainland Australia has been cut. Repair crews don't yet know exactly where the fault is, the repair bill is projected to be "phenomenal", and full power and internet connectivity isn't expected to be fully restored until May. Customers of iiNet and Internode in particular are struggling, with services like Steam and peer-to-peer downloading throttled or blocked completely over the weekend.

In December last year, Internode switched from a tiered plan structure to a single option for its naked broadband offering -- 1000GB for $69.99. While a massive shift from Internode's modus operandi, it syncs with quasi-owner iiNet's plans, so no real surprises there. However, current Internode users looking to change their plans, it does come with a caveat -- all content is metered.

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.

The first Aussie pay TV service to embrace the healthy spirit of competition and add Netflix to its IPTV repertoire, upon that US streaming giant's imminent local launch, has been announced -- and it's fan favourite Fetch TV. (Let's be honest with ourselves, though -- Foxtel wasn't going to jump on board too quick.)

Simon Hackett loves his electric cars. When he wasn't busy running the ISP he founded (Internode, for those out of the loop), he was driving around in his Tesla Roadster. That Roadster was reputedly the first of its kind sold in Australia. Simon is now taking his love for electric cars into high gear, investing seven figures in a new electric racing company. One that purports to have plans for a car capable of doing 0-200km/h in under eight seconds.

Simon Hackett is a pretty successful guy. He built one of Australia's best and loved internet companies from the ground up in a hostile telco market that wasn't friendly to newcomers. Now he's moved on from the company he built into the new-look NBN Co building the network Australia needs. Here's why he did it, in his own words.

Simon Hackett has joined the board of NBN Co. If you're a fan of the fibre-to-the-home NBN or your name is on that little petition floating about, that probably excites you for no other reason than the fact that you've heard his name before. Simon is actually very sensible. Here's why his joining NBN Co really is quite a good thing.

If you were feeling a bit stressed out about all the ex-Telstra bosses joining the National Broadband Network Company board under Ziggy Switkowski, this should calm you down: Simon Hackett, founder of Internode and iiNet board member has just been appointed to the board.

This. This is why we need mandatory data breach notification laws. Right now, we don't have them, and it allows companies like iiNet to get away with crap like this: iiNet's gaming portal, 3FL, was hacked and defaced in June. Now, in October, we find out that hackers scored a list of registered email addresses and has been spamming them ever since. For shame.