Data retention: Journalists decry 'Stasi‐like surveillance state'

The union representing journalists and a group of 12 news organisations have expressed alarm at elements of the government's proposed mandatory data retention scheme, with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) recommending that the bill be ditched altogether.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 January, 2015 15:25

Tags: civil liberties, George Brandis, data retention, privacy

Telstra no better off under HFC transition plan, government says

The government has rejected claims that Telstra could unfairly benefit from NBN Co construction work on the telco's HFC network.

By Rohan Pearce | 27 January, 2015 12:37

Tags: hfc, Networking, Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), nbn co, National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, Telecommunications, Telstra, NBN

States threaten lawsuit against Obama's municipal broadband plan

If the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves to preempt state laws that limit municipal broadband projects, as President Barack Obama recently asked the agency to do, it will likely end up in court.

By Grant Gross | 27 January, 2015 08:28

Tags: Brad Ramsay, telecommunication, National Governors Association, regulation, Joe Atkins, Barack Obama, government, Cory Booker, National Conference of State Legislatures, broadband, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Thomas Alexander, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Broward County rolls out its own fiber ring, shifts to VoIP

"TOO SLOW!" "It takes me over 5 minutes just to log in!"

By Pat Simes | 27 January, 2015 05:29

Tags: Broward County, Government use of IT, Metro network, government, LAN & WAN

Our bullet-proof LAN failed. Here's what we learned

In my organization we manage almost all IT in-house, including the LAN, which is highly redundant. We have 35 Floor Wiring Concentrators around campus, each with around 300 active ports, and the concentrators have dual Gigabit uplinks to network cores in two data centers that are 300 meters apart. The data centers are linked by multiple 10Gb links, and each is connected to the Internet via two trunks that follow different paths.

By By Paul Whimpenny, Senior Officer for IT Architecture in the IT Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | 27 January, 2015 01:31

Tags: disaster recovery, applications, software, LAN & WAN

China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services

China is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship.

By Martyn Williams | 24 January, 2015 08:46

Tags: regulation, Networking, Government of China, vpn, StrongVPN, government

Republicans call on FCC to release net neutrality proposal before voting

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission should release his proposed net neutrality rules to the public before the commission votes in late February, three top Republican lawmakers said Friday.

By Grant Gross | 24 January, 2015 05:03

Tags: Fred Upton, telecommunication, regulation, John Thune, U.S. Congress, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, internet, Internet service providers, broadband, Greg Walden, Tom Wheeler

Smartphones, tablets & eBay taking down SkyMall

SkyMall, the quirky airline catalog, looks as though it may be grounded before long. Parent company Xhibit has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and seeks to sell its assets.

By Bob Brown | 24 January, 2015 04:39

Tags: amazon, Wiley,, Networking, wireless, airlines, ebay

IPv4 exhaustion stunts Internet growth in 2014

Expansion of the Internet slowed in 2014 as the number of available IPv4 addresses neared exhaustion, according to a report by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the regional Internet registry for the Asia Pacific.

By Adam Bender | 23 January, 2015 14:09

Tags: Networking, ipv4, telecom, IP addresses, apnic, internet, ipv6, routing

Data retention: Telstra predicts metadata will surface in lawsuits

Telstra is expecting the metadata telcos will be forced to collect under the government's mandatory data retention scheme will be used in civil litigation, raising the possibility of it being used in cases such as copyright infringement lawsuits or family law disputes.

By Rohan Pearce | 23 January, 2015 10:55

Tags: data retention, optus, Telstra, Telecommunications, privacy

Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The biggest enemy facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 January, 2015 07:14

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, IT outsourcing

Datacentre, Cloud, SDN driving Ethernet switch market to $US25bn

The Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market is expected to exceed $US25 billion in 2019, a compounded annual growth of over 2 per cent from 2014, according to Dell'Oro Group.

By Jim Duffy | 23 January, 2015 06:55

Tags: Dell, Networking, Ethernet Switch, 25G Ethernet

The first place to tackle SDN? In the WAN

Disruptive innovation in infrastructure is on the rise, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Software Defined Networking movement. But while much of the SDN discussion has focused on the data center, the better initial use case might be in the wide area network. One advocate of that approach is Michael Elmore, IT Senior Director of the Enterprise Network Engineering Infrastructure Group at Cigna, a global health service company headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Michael is also on the board of Open Network Users Group (ONUG). Network World Editor in Chief John Dix asked Elmore to participate in an email-based Q&A to explore the promise of Software Defined WANS.

By John Dix | 23 January, 2015 03:25

Tags: SDN, Networking, CIGNA, SD-WAN

Big visions for 5G before the FCC

Drones, robots, high-altitude balloons and low-altitude satellites are all envisioned to provide fifth-generation (5G) wireless connections as early as 2020, according to recent FCC filings from 55 companies, including Google, Samsung, Intel and Qualcomm.

By Matt Hamblen | 22 January, 2015 22:23

Tags: Federal Communications Commission, Google, Networking, wireless, ctia, fcc, qualcomm, intel, wireless networking

Ditch data retention bill, lawyers argue

The federal government's mandatory data retention bill should be dumped, according to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

By Rohan Pearce | 22 January, 2015 13:53

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, privacy

Ravello promises enterprises cross-Cloud app flexibility

Part of the reason companies agonize as long and hard as they do over cloud decisions are the potential consequences to be suffered if it later turns out changes need to be made. Write an application and it's good for the particular cloud platform you've chosen; decide to move to a different platform, and you could have a world of pain ahead.

By Katherine Noyes | 22 January, 2015 12:52

Tags: services, Ravello systems, Computing services, cloud computing, internet

FreedomPop launches $5 unlimited Wi-Fi service, plans Wi-Fi phone

Upstart mobile carrier FreedomPop is adding an unlimited data, voice and messaging plan for US$5 per month using Wi-Fi hotspots, and it plans to sell a Wi-Fi-only phone to use on the service.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 January, 2015 12:19

Tags: FreedomPop, telecommunication, Carriers, Networking, wireless, mobile, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Republican net neutrality proposal falls short, critics say

A Republican net neutrality proposal in the U.S. Congress would not fully protect broadband customers because it would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from enacting new rules against selectively blocking or throttling traffic, critics said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 22 January, 2015 06:42

Tags: telecommunication, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Michael Powell, John Yarmuth, legislation, internet, Internet service providers, Greg Walden, Jessica Gonzalez, U.S. House of Representatives, National Hispanic Media Coalition, ctia, Chad Dickerson, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Etsy, government, broadband

Don't blame sharks for Asian Internet problems, experts say

It may not be Shark Week, but don't tell that to people in Vietnam.

By Tim Hornyak | 21 January, 2015 18:07

Tags: Google, Networking, internet, NEC

Obama promises to promote net neutrality, broadband

U.S. President Barack Obama promised to push for net neutrality rules and for more transparency in the government's surveillance programs during his State of the Union address late Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 21 January, 2015 14:13

Tags: telecommunication, security, U.S. Congress, government, Barack Obama, Joni Ernst, broadband

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