Stories by Rohan Pearce


Cheers and jeers over anti-piracy laws

Federal government proposals to amend copyright laws have drawn support from rights holders and copyright organisations but some aspects of the enforcement regime outlined in a discussion paper released yesterday have raised concerns among ISPs and consumer advocates.

By Rohan Pearce | 31 July, 2014 13:02

Tags: George Brandis, copyright, iiNet, piracy, Malcom Turnbull

Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes

Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2014 15:40

Tags: copyright, piracy

Ericsson to operate NBN wireless, manage satellite migration

Ericsson Australia has won a four-year NBN Co contract to continue to operate the National Broadband Network fixed wireless service, as well as ground systems for the Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS).

By Rohan Pearce | 30 July, 2014 13:01

Tags: Ericsson, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

Consumer group decries government's anti-piracy plans

Consumer advocacy group Choice has criticised anti-piracy proposals contained in a leaked government discussion paper as likely to be ineffective and failing to deal with the root causes of unauthorised downloading of content.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 July, 2014 14:43

Tags: choice, George Brandis, copyright, iiNet, piracy

Data retention: Industry reiterates warning on costs

"You're going to the shops to get a litre of milk anyway, so it's no big deal to bring me the whole supermarket" — that's how iiNet's chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, today described government suggestions a mandatory data retention scheme would not impose significant burdens on telecommunications carriers.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 July, 2014 13:26

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, privacy

Government pushes website blocks to fight piracy

A leaked government discussion paper reveals a "very radical proposal for copyright law reform in Australia" according to intellectual property expert Dr Matthew Rimmer.

By Rohan Pearce | 25 July, 2014 16:27

Tags: bittorrent, George Brandis, copyright, iiNet, piracy

Turnbull warns ACCC against undermining Telstra NBN agreement

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and finance minister Mathias Cormann have warned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that cutting wholesale pricing for services over Telstra's copper network could negatively affect the National Broadband Network rollout.

By Rohan Pearce | 24 July, 2014 14:04

Tags: accc, National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Telstra, NBN

Telstra to kill 2G services

Telstra will shut down its GSM network by the end of 2016, the telco's group managing director of networks has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 July, 2014 13:16

Tags: telecoms, mobile phones, mobility, smartphones, Telecommunications, Telstra

NSW revamps open data repository

The New South Wales government has launched a revamped open data repository.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 July, 2014 11:19

Tags: nsw, open data

NBN Co launches stop-gap satellite service

NBN Co has begun accepting registrations for its subsidised satellite broadband service. The new service is designed to connect the 9000 households and businesses in remote areas of Australia that are currently unable to access NBN Co’s Interim Satellite Service.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 July, 2014 10:15

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network, Long Term Satellite Service

Data retention: iiNet raises spectre of ‘surveillance tax’ for ISP customers

Internet service provider iiNet has hit out at confirmation that the government is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos may be forced to keep records on their customers’ online activities.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 July, 2014 13:57

Tags: civil liberties, George Brandis, security, iiNet, Steve Dalby, data retention, privacy

Finish line approaches for Hyundai virtual desktop rollout

Hyundai's Australian subsidiary is close to completing a company-wide VDI rollout. Head of IT at Hyundai Motor Company Australia, Bala Kothandaraman, said that virtual desktops had been rolled out to around 45 per cent of the organisation's 200 end users, with the remainder to transition in two months.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 July, 2014 14:55

Tags: virtualization, Case studies, Nutanix, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), virtual desktops, Case Study, Hyundai

Section 313 inquiry to scrutinise website blocking

The federal government has launched an inquiry into the use of Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 by government agencies to block access to websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 July, 2014 16:39

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, internet filter, telecommunications act

Senate's NBN committee wins second reprieve

A motion by Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi to replace the Senate's National Broadband Network committee and replace it with a government-dominated committee has been deferred for a second time.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 July, 2014 12:44

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, broadband

Parliamentary committee rejects Tassie FTTP push

A Coalition chaired parliamentary committee has recommended against passing legislation that would enforce the use of fibre-to-the-premises for the Tasmanian rollout of the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 July, 2014 10:25

Tags: fibre to the premises, tasmania, Networking, national broadband network, broadband

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