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TIO task force to field NBN grievances

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has had to set up a special team to handle rising complaints about the National Broadband Network.

By Adam Bender | 23 October, 2014 08:00

Tags: customer service, complaints, tio, national broadband network, customer satisfaction, telecom, NBN, broadband

Government regulation on cloud security may spur SaaS use in health care

Governments may need to tighten the regulatory screws on SaaS vendors to make them be more transparent and forthcoming about their security practices.

By Fred O'Connor | 23 October, 2014 07:54

Tags: security, health care, internet, industry verticals, cloud computing, Verizon Communications

Chicago takes top spot in mobile performance ranking

Chicago is the U.S. city with the best overall mobile performance ranking, according to tens of thousands of voice and data tests conducted in 125 cities by RootMetrics.

By Matt Hamblen | 23 October, 2014 07:02

Tags: Mobile & Wireless, Apple, Networking, at&t, Verizon Wireless

Cities hope to boost broadband with new coalition

Leaders from 32 cities in 19 states this week launched the Next Century Cities coalition to promote next-generation broadband Internet to attract businesses and jobs and to help reduce the digital divide among their residents.

By Matt Hamblen | 23 October, 2014 05:49

Tags: Google, telecommunication, The Wall Street Journal, wall street journal, broadband

Startup wants to make cloud attractive for security-sensitive businesses

After three years in stealth, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup named Bracket Computing launched a new computing system today that aims to make the public cloud more palatable for security-sensitive enterprises.

By Brandon Butler | 23 October, 2014 05:14

Tags: Google, cisco, internet, cloud computing, emc, VMware

Lawmakers call on FCC to reclassify broadband for net neutrality

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should reclassify broadband as a regulated public utility in order to achieve net neutrality, but take a "light touch" while doing it, a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.

By Grant Gross | 23 October, 2014 04:45

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Anna Eshoo, comcast, internet, Internet service providers, Henry Waxman, Tom Wheeler, U.S. House of Representatives, USTelecom, at&t, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Walter McCormick, government, broadband, Verizon Communications

EMC buys controlling interest in VCE, its joint venture with Cisco

EMC has confirmed it will purchase the bulk of Cisco's stake in VCE, the companies' joint venture in converged infrastructure products.

By Chris Kanaracus | 23 October, 2014 00:46

Tags: business issues, Networking, storage, cisco, VCE, emc, Mergers and acquisitions

iiNet back in court over P2P file sharing

For the second time, Internet service provider iiNet has been dragged to court over the alleged copyright infringement of some of its customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 October, 2014 13:48

Tags: copyright, iiNet, piracy

Cisco said to be selling most of VCE stake to EMC

A press alert from EMC that it will be announcing a "new business development" on Wednesday has triggered reports that the company plans to buy out most of Cisco's stake in their VCE converged infrastructure joint venture.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2014 13:30

Tags: cisco, internet, intel, cloud computing, emc, VMware, Bloomberg

Section 313: Federal police used website blocking to tackle malware

The Australian Federal Police have primarily issued notices under Section 313 of the Telco Act to request Internet service providers block their customers' access to websites hosting child exploitation material.

By Rohan Pearce | 22 October, 2014 11:33

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

NFC chip implants: First Apple, now this guy

It's hard to steal Apple's thunder on anything these days, but a self-professed "body modification" enthusiast might have done just that: He's had an NFC chip implanted in his hand.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2014 07:53

Tags: Networking

Broadband boost: G.fast testing lab, consortium to foster 100G over copper

You might think that next-generation broadband speeds and DSL go together like Amsterdam and New Hampshire, and you'd be right, but perhaps not in the way you think.

By Bob Brown | 22 October, 2014 07:16

Tags: itu, G.fast, forum, telecommunication, broadband, LAN & WAN

In brief: Ooyala steps into ads arena with Videoplaza

Video streaming and analytics company Ooyala this morning announced it had acquired video advertising platform Videoplaza.

By Rohan Pearce | 21 October, 2014 12:15

Tags: video analytics, Ooyala, video streaming, Telstra

Mitel takes aim at Avaya with ShoreTel bid

Anyone thinking about signing a deal with ShoreTel for unified communications gear might want to take a closer look now that Mitel has made public its hopes to buy the company.

By Tim Greene | 21 October, 2014 08:59

Tags: unified communications, Synergy, telecommunication, Networking, voip, Microsoft, ShoreTel Cisco Unified Communications, Shoretel, Avaya

Is your Ethernet fast enough? Four new speeds are in the works

Ethernet's future is now about much more than the next top speed: The engineers charting a path for the ubiquitous networking protocol are looking at several new versions to serve a variety of applications.

By Stephen Lawson | 20 October, 2014 11:58

Tags: Ethernet Alliance, Aquantia, Networking, internet, cloud computing

NBN: Is your suburb getting FTTN?

NBN Co has published details of suburbs set to receive fibre-to-the-node services as part of the company's test deployment of FTTN technology.

By Rohan Pearce | 20 October, 2014 10:24

Tags: FTTN, fibre to the node, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, fibre to the node (FTTN), NBN, broadband

Envious of fiber broadband? Help is on the way for copper users

A technology that delivers broadband speeds over copper lines at a speed comparable to fiber is gaining momentum.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 18 October, 2014 02:48

Tags: Huawei Technologies, BT, alcatel-lucent, telecommunication, Sckipio, Adtran, Telekom Austria, broadband

FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should reconsider their plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, U.S. FBI Director James Comey said.

By Grant Gross | 17 October, 2014 04:02

Tags: telecommunication, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. National Security Agency, Brookings Institution, James Comey, privacy, U.S. FBI, Apple, Google, Cameron Kerry, consumer electronics, 4g, Ron Wyden, security, legal, smartphones, Center for Democracy and Technology, encryption, Greg Nojeim, government

Open source startup targeting DevOps-defined networking

A software startup debuted this week proposing software-defined networking to Docker, the open source software for creating Linux application virtualization containers.

By Jim Duffy | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Tags: SDN, cisco, OpenDaylight, internet, cloud computing, Red Hat, KT, HP, Docker, Dell

Pacnet builds on OpenStack for NFV

Adding support for network functions virtualization (NFV) to its network-as-a-service platform meant that Pacnet had to delve into OpenStack's source code and modify Neutron — the open source cloud computing project's networking component.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 October, 2014 14:19

Tags: pacnet, open source, Cloud, Networking, cloud computing, OpenStack

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