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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans
Friday, 05 September 2014 08:16

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US Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler has issued his most damning indictment of America's broadband infrastructure to date – claiming more than half of citizens have only one ISP in their area offering 25Mbps or faster connections, and that competition has been crippled by a telecoms duopoly.

"The simple lesson of history is that competition drives deployment and network innovation," he said . "That was true yesterday and it will be true tomorrow. Our challenge is to keep that competition alive and growing."

Wheeler pointed out that today's state of wired broadband access

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NBN Co correction: We're rubbish at broadband rollout and NEVER improved
Monday, 08 September 2014 13:46

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NBN Co has issued a press statement assuring media that in spite of what looked like a favourable assessment of its fibre-to-the-premises rollout procedures, things really were dreadful until the new government commissioned the Strategic Review.

Or perhaps things weren't dreadful, but they're really, truly, definitely better now, trust us. Or something.

The to-and-fro began when Fairfax Media outlets reported, late last week, results of a fiber-to-the-premises rollout from the Victorian town of Melton. Its report , based on a leaked document, that revisions to technology and processes were yielding better rollout performance.

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'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Monday, 08 September 2014 09:32

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Rod Tucker, a laureate emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne, IEEE fellow, and networking researcher has posted an article that offers very heavy criticism of the Vertigan Review's cost-benefit analysis of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN).

Tucker's beef is with analysis provided by Communications Chambers, a consultancy firm that offered a view of future broadband requirements. His first complaint is that the analysis the firm produced says that in 2023 Australians will require less bandwidth than Ookla's speedtest site says we consume today!

“Communication Chambers is saying the rapid growth in internet access

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NBN Co says Melton test not valid, likely uses processes developed there anyway
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:54

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Far from being an “unrepresentative” document based on bad data, the NBN Co internal presentation which leaked last week was the outcome of five months' work, instigated to create a benchmark for future fibre rollout areas.

The furore – Vulture South could even go as far as to call it a kerfuffle – began with the leak of an internal review to the Sydney Morning Herald . That review detailed a set of metrics derived from work in a Fibre Servicing Area Module (FSAM) in the Victorian town of Melton.

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Virgin Media hit by MORE YouTube buffering glitches
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:36

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Virgin Media has been battling another round of YouTube buffering glitches on its cable network.

Register reader Michelle D’israeli flagged up the latest technical cockup with Google's video-sharing service. She told us that problems first appeared last Thursday (4 September).

Subscribers moaned about YouTube being crippled once again on Virgin Media's network on a 15-month-old forum thread that is now 62 pages long .

Naturally, we asked Virgin Media to explain what had gone wrong.

"We are aware of intermittent, local, issues with YouTube and have been working directly with affected customers via

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids
Monday, 08 September 2014 20:57

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Facebook has apparently watched video views explode since the free content ad network decided to set them to play automatically on its News Feed.

The Mark Zuckerberg-run company said on Sunday that an average of more than 1 billion vids had been watched every day since June this year.

However, there's a potential side-effect to all those Ice Bucket Challenge clips playing in a user's Facebook feed: mobile bills are apparently ballooning, it has been claimed .

Facebook said yesterday that video views had mushroomed 50 per cent from May through to July.

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