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Euro Commish OKs €3bn German broadband aid scheme
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 18:32

Germany has got the green light from the European Commission to push ahead with a publicly funded scheme to roll out next generation access (NGA) broadband networks.

The €3bn project is to provide high speed internet access throughout the country, including in rural areas.

“This aid scheme will make faster broadband services available in areas of Germany where private investment is lacking. At the same time it ensures that consumers have a choice,” said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Private operators and municipalities can submit a bid online before the end of September at www.breitbandausschreibungen.de for the cash, which will

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Taiwan incumbent adds G.fast to tech mix
Monday, 15 June 2015 13:55

Under pressure to accelerate Taiwan's broadband deployment, Chunghwa Telecom has announced it will start rolling out G.fast.

According to Digitimes , the company plans to launch its first commercial services in September 2015.

While sketchy, the report suggests the company would deploy the high-speed technology in multi-dwelling units. That would let it connect apartments to services as fast as 500 Mbps without having to drag fibre to the flat.

At the end of 2014, Chunghwa Telecom's broadband customer base was around 4.5 million, and while FTTx customers numbered 3.1 million (according to its annual report ), only 200,000 of those

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Australia's Senate demands access to NBN business case that doesn't exist
Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:15

Australia's Senate has voted on an "order for the production of documents" demanding access to "a complete and unredacted copy of the NBN Corporate Plan 2015-18," plus "a complete and unredacted copy" of the 2014-2017 plan and an unredacted copy of the NBN Co Strategic Review.

The motion (PDF) seeking the order was moved by senator Jenny McAllister, but the prime mover here is the nation's shadow comms minister Jason Clare, who thunders that the nation needs to know when and at what cost nbn TM , the company charged with building Australia's national broadband network (NBN), will finish building

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When your ISP flouts net neutrality rules, here's who you should contact
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 04:52

America's broadband watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has named its first net neutrality ombudsperson – and she'll be your first point of call when your ISP breaks the new rules .

Parul Desai has been the FCC's director of consumer engagement for the past eight months, and before that she worked in the FCC's media bureau for two years.

In her new role, she will have two basic duties: first, to help Joe Sixpack and businesses navigate the FCC's complaints process; and second, to carry out investigations and analyses of both open internet complaints and the broader market and

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:39

Vodafone loves the price of 37.5p/minute. So much so that pretty much everything which is outside a standard bundle is going to cost exactly that.

37.5p is what Vodafone already charges for excess minutes over and above a subscriber's package.

The move to introduce that rate for virtually any non-bundle activity sees some prices – including for 070 “follow me” numbers – come down, but in the main it’s a price increase.

Notably, 084 numbers, used by some doctors' surgeries, rise from 19.17p a minute to 37.5p. It’s a good job that doctors’ receptionists never put you on hold.

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Tracking Bitcoin With The ESP8266
Friday, 19 June 2015 16:00

[Kendrick] was looking for something to do with an ESP8266 WiFi module, and since he loves Bitcoin and Arduino, the obvious solution was to make a Bitcoin price tracker.

The ESP8266 is a complete microcontroller with a WiFi chip and a few pins for a serial connection. It’s certainly possible to write some firmware for the ESP to get the current conversion rate of Bitcoin, but for simplicity’s sake, [Kendrick] chose to use an Arduino for this project. He’s using a 5V Arduino, and the ESP operates on 3.3V logic, but a few Zeners take care of the logic level …read more

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