ACCC Telecommunications Reports: Prices fall, interest in broadband grows

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Telecommunications Reports 2011–12, tabled today in Parliament, show consumers continue to benefit through falling prices for telecommunication services. Prices paid by consumers for telecommunications services fell by 2.2 per cent in real terms in 2011 12. Prices are now almost 20 per cent lower than they […] Read more »



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U.S. Ups Ante for Spying on Firms

From the Wall Street Journal:  The White House threatened China and other countries with trade and diplomatic action over corporate espionage as it cataloged more than a dozen cases of cyberattacks and commercial thefts at some of the U.S.’s biggest companies. Top administration officials painted a pervasive portrait of the far-reaching costs of espionage—competitive disadvantages, […] Read more »

ACCC invites comment on the policies and procedures for the list of NBN POIs

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today released a consultation paper inviting comment on the policies and procedures that relate to the identification of listed Points of Interconnection (POIs) to the National Broadband Network (NBN). In November 2012, the ACCC published the list of POIs to the NBN as required by section […] Read more »

NBN services launched across Tasmania

From the DBCDE:  The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, together with Julie Collins, the Member for Franklin, and Senator Catryna Bilyk, Senator for Tasmania, have launched twenty new NBN services across Tasmania. Eight new Tasmanian NBN Digital Hubs, seven Digital Enterprises, and five Digital Local Government Programs came online. […] Read more »

The fog of law and cloud computing

From the Sydney Morning Herald:  Data sovereignty and privacy concerns resulting from the extension of US-government mass-surveillance powers raised in an EU report publicised last week should not dissuade Australian businesses from actively considering and adopting cloud computing services, legal experts say. The reach of the US Patriot Act – which essentially compels US companies […] Read more »

Federal Court provides clarity on internet simulcasting

From the Australian Copyright Council:  The Federal Court has unanimously ruled in favor of artists and recording labels, by overturning a previous decision regarding internet simulcasts. The PPCA (representing the artists and recording labels) in its press release reports that it “has won a declaration that internet simulcasts of radio programs fall outside the definition […] Read more »

Australian Cyber Security Centre will be 95% Defence staffed

From ZDNet:  In Senate Estimates on Monday, Linda Geddes said that when the Australian Cyber Security Centre is first established, “95 percent of staff will be defence”. The acting first assistant secretary for Australia’s Cyber Policy and Homeland Security Division additionally said that the people working in the centre will report back to their own […] Read more »

Obama Presses Cybersecurity Effort

From the Wall Street Journal:  The Obama administration has pressed ahead with its campaign to bolster cybersecurity measures through an executive order while setting the stage for a new battle in Congress over how to ensure computer safeguards at companies that run the electric grid and other key infrastructure. Republicans who last year derailed a […] Read more »

NZ Privacy Commissioner Releases Cloud Guidelines

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has released two documents designed to assist businesses who are thinking of shifting to cloud based services. The Cloud Computing checklist for small business  summarises a number of steps that small businesses should take to ensure that the privacy of data sent to the cloud is properly protected.  Cloud Computing […] Read more »

ACCC directs Telstra to amend measures developed under its Migration Plan

From the ACCC:  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has directed Telstra to improve four processes that will support the migration of customers onto the National Broadband Network. The processes are referred to in Telstra’s Migration Plan as Required Measures and relate to: the disconnection of services (from copper or HFC networks) that have […] Read more »

Google appeal upheld by High Court

From the ACCC:   The High Court of Australia has unanimously upheld Google Inc.’s appeal from a judgment of the Full Federal Court that found that Google had contravened the Trade Practices Act 1974 by engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct. The ACCC will carefully review the judgment of the High Court to understand whether it […] Read more »

Social Networking Sites to cooperate with Government on complaint handling

From the DBCDE:  Social Networking Sites have agreed to continue promoting user safety as well as undertaking education and awareness raising about antisocial behaviour online under new guidelines announced by the Prime Minister. The Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling on Social Networking Sites commits companies, such as Facebook, Google (YouTube), Yahoo! and Microsoft, to: Set […] Read more »

Social media boosts customers

From the Conversation and the University of Buffalo:   Customers who connect with a business through social media will go to the business more frequently and contribute more to its bottom line, according to a new study from the University at Buffalo School of Management. The study, forthcoming in Information Systems Research, found that customers who […] Read more »

Aussie data retention so dangerous it’s ‘dynamite’: Berners-Lee

From ZDNet:  A controversial plan to store information about personal internet and telephone usage in Australia has been criticised by the world wide web’s inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Internet service providers and telecommunications companies would be asked to store data that passes through their networks for up to two years under plans being considered by […] Read more »

Australia does not sign up to International Telecommunications Regulations on Internet Law

From DBCDE: The Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today confirmed that Australia will not sign a revised international telecommunications treaty on internet law, as it has the potential to fundamentally change the way the internet operates. Over the past two weeks, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) has […] Read more »