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Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:08

The new communications spokesperson of Australia's opposition Labor has made a mess of her first foray into the portfolio.

New comms shadow Michelle Rowland's parliamentary CV suggests she's got the experience for the job: she was shadow assistant comms spokesperson and has spent two stints on the standing parliamentary committee overseeing Australia's National Broadband Network.

But in this canned statement she's marked herself out as either an opportunist populist or ignorant of important portfolio issues.

Rowland's release opens with “The latest Netflix ISP Speed Index demonstrates the need for a proper National Broadband Network.” That finds that Australian internet service

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Google Unveils Their Experimental Plan For Wireless Broadband Service
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 07:00

Two years ago, the FCC, with interested parties in Microsoft, Google, and many startups, created the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS), a rule that would open up the 3550-3650 MHz band  to anyone, or any company, to create their own wireless backbone between WiFi access points. It is the wireless solution to the last-mile problem, and last year the FCC enthusiastically endorsed the creation of the CBRS.

In a recently released FCC filing, Google has announced their experimental protocol for testing the new CBRS. This isn’t fast Internet to a lamp pole on the corner of the street yet, but …read more

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UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:33

The representative body for 370 councils in Blighty has hit out at Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for advertising misleading broadband speeds, particularly in rural areas.

Current rules allow providers to promote "up to X" download speeds if they can demonstrate that at least 10 per cent of their customers can achieve them. But the LGA noted that speeds in many remote periodically fall "well below" 2Mbps.

Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA's People and Places Board, said: "The headline ‘up to' download speed, which can be advertised legally, is misleading and does not reflect the reality of broadband service received

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ISP roundup: Google mulls fiber-less Fiber, America goes Wow, Comcast still terrible
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:37

A flurry of news from internet service providers (ISPs) in the US has picked up what is normally a slow summer season.

According to a report from the San Jose Mercury News , Google's planned rollout of its Fiber broadband service in the Bay Area has hit a snag, as the Chocolate Factory is considering a change of course.

The paper says local officials in both Palo Alto and Mountain View have been told that the installation of new fiber cable lines has been put on hold as Google examines a plan to instead go with a service that could

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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 21:28

Vodafone has scrapped line rental charges as it tries to muscle into TalkTalk's lower-end market – and comply with imminent regulatory changes for an all-in-one price for broadband and phone services.

Under the move, rental charges will no longer apply for new and upgrading fibre optic home broadband customers, which means users will not have to pay for landline connections to receive internet access.

From October, the Advertising Standards Authority and regulator Ofcom will require providers to advertise their service prices by including the cost of line rental into their total monthly fee.

Paolo Pescatore, Director of Multiplay, CCS Insight

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Cisco gives cable industry tech for 10Gbps uploads on DOCSIS 3.1
Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:02

Cisco has dropped an open reference design for DOCSIS silicon into the CableLabs standards body.

The group has been working on Full Duplex DOCSIS for some time, and in February announced that the gigabit up / gigabit down effort was worth pursuing .

Switchzilla has been pursuing it, and has handed over its design for a digital echo canceller that integrates with DOCSIS Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) standards (CMTS specifications cover the cable hubs on the provider side of the network).

Cisco says the echo canceller will work for upstream carrier frequencies from 200 MHz (1.7 Gbps) all the

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