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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

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Botched NBN installs leave folks with no internet, or recourse
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:14

Australia's Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Simon Cohen says the agency can do little to help subscribers dealing with broken National Broadband Network (NBN) installations.

While the agency can flag complaints with NBN Co, the entity building and operating the NBN, it appears unable to do anything to force the utility to fix botched fibre connections referred to under the blanket term 'core network shortfall'.

Instead the office registers a fault against the retail service provider, or ISP, regardless of whether that telco was at fault. The internet providers can then do little but pester a seemingly unresponsive NBN Co for restoration

Optus joins iiNet with free-to-download Netflix offer for Australians
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:54

Australia's second-largest ISP Optus has followed the third-largest, iiNet , by announcing Australians will be able to watch Netflix without the downloads counting towards their monthly data cap.

The announcement places pressure on Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, to do likewise. But as Telstra is a major shareholder in pay-TV outfit Foxtel, it may struggle to make a business case for empowering a rival. Telstra's partner in Foxtel - News Limited - is likely to frown upon Telstra giving Netflix a leg-up!

That's not the only item of industry politics Netflix's launch will provoke: it also suggests Netflix is able to

Google's broadband-in-the-sky goes TITAN-ic
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:02

After a couple of years of selective reveals to favoured media, Google has made an uncharacteristic to-all-comers announcement about its broadband plans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Chocolate Factory bought drone-maker Titan Aerospace in 2014, and has told the conference its solar-powered drones will be carrying radio kit over Internet-less communities within a matter of months.

Given the design of the drone, it's not easy to see how it could “hover” as The Verge somewhat quaintly puts it, however prior to its acquisition by Google the company's Website described its aircraft as “atmospheric satellites”, designed to fly at

FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it
Saturday, 28 February 2015 11:59

Analysis A decision by the FCC has opened up a partisan chasm by quashing US state laws that hamper the rollout of city-owned broadband.

The commission declared on Thursday that laws passed in North Carolina and Tennessee were unfair barriers to broadband deployment. In so doing has put itself in the middle of two classic American fights: state versus federal; and corporate might versus public interest.

In response, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and House rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) proposed legislation to Congress on Friday to undo the FCC's decision.

“It is disturbing, yet not surprising, that the FCC and Chairman

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