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Turnbull moves on NBN subsidy arrangements
Monday, 11 May 2015 09:31

Australia's government has slapped the defibrillator on the Vertigan review of the National Broadband Network (NBN), and is asking for submissions about how subsidies for unprofitable services in remote areas should operate.

Underneath the noise of jockeying over this week's federal budget, the Department of Communications Tweeted the announcement of its consultation at 8:29pm on Thursday evening (May 7 2015), posting the consultation paper on Friday May 8, with submissions due June 1.

Being fully social-media-compliant, at the time of writing the Department hasn't yet announced the review on its media release page .

The consultation, here , is based

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Sell Openreach and broadband rollouts may stop, shrieks BT CEO
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 17:58

BT's plans to develop improved broadband infrastructure would be put at risk if Ofcom decided to force it to sell off its Openreach division, the company's chief executive has said.

Gavin Patterson said that it "would be difficult to convince the board of BT to invest" in broadband infrastructure improvements if the regulator took such action, according to the Financial Times . Openreach is the division of BT's business which controls BT's telecoms network.

Ofcom is currently conducting an "overarching review of the UK’s digital communications" in a move aimed at future-proofing investment and competition in the market. The review

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According to Netflix, Australia's slowest ISP owns half of Foxtel
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:21

Australia's dominant carrier, Telstra, offers Netflix customers the slowest download speeds, the video-streamer says.

Here's Netflix's data for Australia.

Netflix Australia speed data

Netflix's view of Australian internet service provider download speeds

Netflix says its index “lists the average prime time bitrate for Netflix content streamed to Netflix members during a particular month” rather than representing “maximum network throughput or capacity.”

So the rather dire speeds listed above don't represent internet service providers' connection speeds.

But Vulture South can't help but thinking that Telstra should be doing rather better. The company does, after all, proclaim that its broadband services mean “... you’re free to

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FCC: Thanks for the concern, telcos, but we're not delaying Open Internet rules
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 04:07

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it will implement its net neutrality provisions despite objections from telcos.

The FCC issued a ruling on Friday denying a motion from trade groups USTelecom and CTIA, among others, to stay the FCC's Open Internet proceedings pending legal challenges to the FCC order.

The decision allows the FCC to proceed with its plans to implement its Open Internet rules, including the controversial implementation of Title II reclassification to make internet service a "common carrier" platform subject to tighter regulations.

The plan also includes three core "bright line" rules against throttling, blocking, and paid

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FCC leaning towards approving AT T/DirecTV gobble – report
Thursday, 14 May 2015 05:08

The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly ready to approve US telecom giant AT&T's proposed $49bn acquisition of DirecTV, despite concerns voiced by Netflix and other online media outfits.

The FCC is nearly finished with its review and will likely sign off on the deal, the Wall Street Journal reports , citing the fabled "sources familiar with the matter."

The report states that regulators don't have the same sort of worries over AT&T's proposed deal as they did over Comcast's ill-fated attempt to gobble Time Warner Cable.

AT&T would stand to become the largest television provider in the US through the

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Australian government sun to set on NBN funding
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:44

BUDGET 2015 The 2015 Federal Budget has set the date at which the government will drive the national broadband network (NBN not nbn TM ) to a quiet country road, open the door, and drive off.

In the firm belief that the multi-technology-mix-architected NBN will be ready by the 2016/17 budget year (and that the current government remains in office by that time), that's when public funding of the network will end.

The budget brings forward planned NBN equity funding into the 2015/16 and 2016/17 budget years, resulting in an increase to the funding in those years. There's a promise

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