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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

Energia on the CC3200
Monday, 15 September 2014 01:00

The CC3200 dev board with Energia

If you’re looking to connect things to the internet, with the goal of building some sort of “Internet of Things,” the new CC3200 chip from TI is an interesting option. Now you can get started quickly with the Energia development environment for the CC3200.

We discussed the CC3200 previously on Hackaday. The chip gives you an ARM Cortex M4 processor with a built-in WiFi stack and radio. It supports things like web servers and SSL out of the box.

Energia is an Arduino-like development environment for TI chips. It makes writing firmware for these devices easier, since a lot … Read the rest

Green Light Your Commute with America’s Unsecured Traffic Lights
Monday, 01 September 2014 10:01

Green Lights Forever

Remember that episode of Leverage (season 5, episode 3), where Alec uses Marvin to wirelessly change all the street lights green so they can catch up to an SUV? And you scoffed and said “that’s so not real!”… well actually they got it right. A new study out of the University of Michigan (PDF warning), shows just how easy it is to make your morning commute green lights all the way.

The study points out that a large portion of traffic lights in the United States communicate with each other wirelessly over the 900Mhz and 5.8Ghz ISM band with absolutely … Read the rest

NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger
Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22

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The mayors of the two largest cities in America have sent letters to US watchdog the FCC expressing their concerns over the proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).

The missives outline the issues both cities have with the cable giants and the problems they hope the FCC will work to remedy should it approve the merger.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio noted in his letter [PDF] a number of issues the Big Apple has had with Comcast and TWC in areas including network infrastructure improvements, customer

Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:58

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Time Warner Cable is staggering back to its feet after wrestling with a major network outage that hit a number of big cities in the US on both the East and West Coast of the country this morning.

A spike in users being kicked offline was reported by Down Detector around six hours ago.

Most Americans who are Time Warner Cable customers were tucked up in bed at that time. But they are slowly waking up to discover network problems blighting the telco.

The company told the Twitterati that it was attempting to

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