FCC chairman gives no timeline for net neutrality decision

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has no public timeline for voting on proposed net neutrality rules, despite pressure from President Barack Obama and some net neutrality advocates.

By Grant Gross | 22 November, 2014 06:24

Tags: telecommunication, free press, Tom Wheeler, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, Barack Obama, government, Craig Aaron, broadband, Internet service providers

Connected-home Babel: There's an app for that, startup says

In the dream home of the Internet of Things, all your appliances would talk to each other. A fragmented IoT industry makes that pretty hard today, but Yonomi says its smartphone app can make it easy.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 November, 2014 06:11

Tags: consumer electronics, Yonomi, Internet of Things, Networking, internet

TPG presence won't stop NBN Co installing FTTB equipment

NBN Co will be willing to deploy its equipment in the basements of apartment blocks — so-called multi-dwelling units (or MDUs) — even if rival infrastructure is already in place, an executive of the government-owned company said today at a Senate Estimates hearing.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 November, 2014 15:44

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

New cruise ship a floating heaven for tech geeks

Walking up the gangway to board Royal Caribbean's tech-laden Quantum of the Seas, it was hard not to marvel. Across the harbor was Manhattan, and at 348 meters the new ship is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. But it's what the ship contains that made my inner geek salivate.

By Nick Barber | 20 November, 2014 05:53

Tags: popular science, royal caribbean, Internet of Things, Networking, robotics, transportation, internet, industry verticals

Telstra public Wi-Fi trial goes live in big cities

Telstra has switched on the first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots of its $100 million plan to canvas Australia with a public wireless service.

By Adam Bender | 19 November, 2014 12:00

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, Australia, wireless, internet, public Wi-Fi, broadband, Telstra, hotspots

EFF, Mozilla back new certificate authority that will offer free SSL certificates

A new organization supported by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others is working to set up a new certificate authority (CA) that will provide website owners with free SSL/TLS certificates.

By Lucian Constantin | 19 November, 2014 02:23

Tags: Akamai Technologies, online safety, IdenTrust, security, encryption, Mozilla Foundation, Internet Security Research Group, pki, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cisco Systems, Google

ZigBee 3.0 promises one standard for many uses

The ZigBee Alliance plans to put all forms of its low-power wireless technology under one standard, ZigBee 3.0, in a move that could make it easier to connect many wireless devices in homes.

By Stephen Lawson | 18 November, 2014 22:04

Tags: ZigBee Alliance, consumer electronics, Internet of Things, Networking, internet, CentraLite Systems

Labor seeks fibre future, but still working on NBN policy: Clare

A future Labor government cannot simply switch back the National Broadband Network to a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) model, shadow communications minister Jason Clare has said.

By Adam Bender | 18 November, 2014 14:22

Tags: high-speed Internet, national broadband network, Telco, telecom, government, NBN, broadband, politics

Telephone tax hike part of FCC chairman's plan for Internet fund

A proposed US$0.16 fee increase on your telephone bill would go toward improving Internet access for kids in school and libraries.

By Grant Gross | 18 November, 2014 05:30

Tags: telecommunication, Tom Wheeler, regulation, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, government, broadband, Ed Markey

Mitel drops ShoreTel bid

Customers of ShoreTel phones and unified communications gear can stop worrying that their lives might get complicated by a merger between the company and its rival Mitel.

By Tim Greene | 18 November, 2014 04:18

Tags: unified communications, Synergy, telecommunication, voip, Networking, Avaya, Shoretel

ACCC chief backs breakup of NBN Co

NBN Co should be broken up into separate entities before it is privatised in order to promote competition, the head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, argued in a speech this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 November, 2014 12:38

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

NBN Co charts course in uncertain waters

NBN Co has used its updated corporate plan, dated 11 November but released for public scrutiny today, to outline ambitious targets for the rollout of the National Broadband Network in its 2015 financial year. But it has also noted significant areas of uncertainty as the government-owned corporation continues its transition to a new model for the NBN rollout.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 November, 2014 11:15

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

US net neutrality proposal could lead to broadband taxes, opponents say

U.S. President Barack Obama's call for the Federal Communications Commission to pass net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated public utility is a bad idea that could raise broadband prices by 16 percent or more, a parade of Republican politicians and conservative activists said Friday.

By Grant Gross | 15 November, 2014 07:31

Tags: Michael O'Rielly, telecommunication, Free State Foundation, regulation, internet, Barack Obama, Michael Weinberg, Randolph May, Public Knowledge, Internet service providers, Deborah Taylor Tate, Bob Latta, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, government, broadband

Facebook's new Iowa data center goes modular to grow forever

The traffic inside Facebook's data centers is growing so fast that the company is changing the basic architecture of its networks in order to keep up.

By Stephen Lawson | 15 November, 2014 07:24

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Networking, social networking, internet, Facebook

AT&T sees delays on fiber rollouts of 'two to three years'

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has stepped forward as the telecommunication industry's front man in opposition to President Obama's proposed net neutrality rules.

By Matt Hamblen | 15 November, 2014 05:08

Tags: Networking, at&t, fcc

Data retention: Govt needs to spell out metadata details, committee says

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has called for the government to spell out in legislation what sort of metadata will be collected under its data retention regime.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 November, 2014 15:10

Tags: civil liberties, metadata, data retention, privacy

Pandora says its 'like' data keeps it relevant against Spotify, Apple

Pandora, the algorithmic music radio app, is not afraid of its competitors in on-demand streaming like Spotify and Apple-owned Beats Music, because it has better feedback data than them, the company claims.

By Zach Miners | 14 November, 2014 07:46

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Pandora, Music and audio, Rdio, internet, Beats, Shazam, mobile, mobile applications, Apple, Spotify

No, you can't seize country TLDs, US court rules

In a landmark ruling that signals a win for the current system of Internet governance, a U.S. court has quashed an attempt to seize Iran's, Syria's and North Korea's domains as part of a lawsuit against those countries' governments.

By Loek Essers | 13 November, 2014 23:54

Tags: ICANN, intellectual property, legal, internet

NBN Co to work with communities that want to co-fund FTTP

NBN Co has set out in broad outline the principles that will guide the roll out of the National Broadband Network as it continues the shift to a 'multi-technology mix' (MTM) that has an emphasis on the use of the existing copper network for 'last mile' connections to premises.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 November, 2014 15:17

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

Cisco joins chorus against Obama's net neutrality plan

President Barack Obama's call for ISPs to be regulated like traditional telecommunications carriers continued to send shockwaves through the Internet industry on Wednesday as the head of Cisco Systems warned that the idea could hurt his company's business.

By Stephen Lawson | 13 November, 2014 12:56

Tags: business issues, Cisco Systems, Federal Communications Commission, servers, Networking, hardware systems, financial results

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