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

 
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Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

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Remote Queensland fibre hookup hopes dashed, for now
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:17

Remote communities in Queensland believe they've been dudded out of a promise to give them a connection to the long-haul fibre connections being built as part of Australia's National Broadband Network.

Barcoo and Diamantina shires had wanted AU$7 million, part of the cost of extending the NBN's fibre footprint to their towns, and have told local outlet Queensland Country Life they believed they had been promised the funds by the prime minister Tony Abbott.

Instead of the funds being quarantined for the project, Diamantina mayor Geoff Morton told the newspaper the two towns will have to seek funding through the

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New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality
Saturday, 01 August 2015 23:04

Analysis When an entire page of a lawsuit is taken up just listing the lawyers on the case, you know you have hit some vested interests.

And so it is with the opening arguments [PDF] of the US Telecom Association et al versus the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), aka status quo versus Open Internet.

There are seven petitioners in the case, most of them telecom associations (i.e., lobbyists) representing a large number of other companies, and the brief runs to 159 pages with 95 pages of argument.

It wants the Washington DC Court of Appeals to dismiss entirely the

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Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons
Friday, 31 July 2015 12:58

Service to launch just weeks before monsoon hits, complete with rain and wind a-plenty Sri Lanka has signed up for broadband services delivered by Google's “Project Loon” broadband balloons.

The Indian ocean nation's minister for foreign affairs, telecommunications and IT Mangala Samaraweera this week took to the stage alongside Google's chief Loony (veep and GoogleX project leader) Mike Cassidy exec to make the announcement that by March 2016 a fleet of broadband-beaming balloons will fill the nation's skies.

Like many developing nations, Sri Lanka has a population hungry for connectivity and leaders keen to deliver it with the hope of

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FCC swamped by 2,000+ net neutrality complaints against ISPs
Friday, 31 July 2015 06:19

The FCC has reportedly received over 2,000 complaints related to alleged violations of its Open Internet rules.

A report from the National Journal cites FCC records it obtained in reporting that thousands of complaints allege throttling of internet service by local carriers.

The National Journal was able, via a Freedom of Information Act, to post 50 of the complaints it obtained online. The complaints range from problems with slow connection speeds ("this is the 6th month my internet service is extremely slow") to the rambling and profane ("You seriously need to wake up and stop letting Verizon and att keep

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