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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

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

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.

ACCC gives thumbs up to TPG's NBN fibre-to-the-basement raids
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:53

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Australia's Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has to do nothing about junior telco TPG's plans to compete with the nation's government-mandated monopoly telephony network provider NBN Co, but is still pondering whether other telecoms retailers should be allowed to resell services running on TPG's infrastructure.

TPG plans to deliver fibre optic connections to large apartment buildings, and then offer retail xDSL services to tenants. Such plans are controversial because NBN Co is attempting to do the same thing. By moving faster than NBN Co, and cherry picking apartment complexes that offer nicely dense

Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress
Saturday, 13 September 2014 11:32

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This week's internet slowdown protest has been, as one might expect, declared a rousing success by its organizers – as US regulator the FCC has once again been forced to change up its comment policy under a deluge of opinions.

Organizing group BattleForTheNet said 2,039,500 people took part in the September 10th day-long campaign , sending 2,332,092 emails to members of the US Congress, and filing 777,364 comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the fate of net neutrality protections.

Additionally, the group said 312,171 calls to Congress were made, 1,120,000 links were

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