Stories by James Hutchinson

Coalition signals potential changes to broadband policy

Shadow minister for education and manager of Opposition business, Christopher Pyne, has indicated the Coalition may look to change its $6.3 billion broadband policy to meet “ongoing circumstances” in coming months.

Telecom NZ loses out in first NZ broadband bidding war

The New Zealand Government agency charged with building the country’s equivalent of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has announced the first three companies to build aspects of the network, but has left incumbent Telecom New Zealand out of the loop.

ACCC, Optus back in court over cable ads

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced legal proceedings against Optus for misleading advertising and alleged breaches of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Labor pours more Gov 2.0 into future budgets

The Federal Government will institute a specialised website devoted to providing specific information about budget spending in individual regions as part of the Labor party’s agreement with independent MPs.

Gaps remain in local cybercrime law: Professor

While Australian crime legislation has been amended to account for the evolving landscape of cybercrime, gaps remain in the key areas of theft, fraud and trespass, according to University of Technology (UTS) director of Communications Law Centre, Professor Michael Fraser.

Katter backs NBN, but goes with Coalition

Independent MP for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has announced he will side with the Coalition to form a minority government, but has continued to affirm his belief that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is the stronger of the two broadband plans.

Crime Commission looks to $2.2m comms overhaul

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) will spend an estimated $2.2 million over three years to overhaul its unified communications and upgrade videoconferencing systems across the country.

AAPT settles Digital River case out of court

Telecommunications wholesaler AAPT has settled a dispute with dark fibre provisioning company, Digital River Networks, out of court, with each party bearing their own proceeding costs.

NBN wholesale pricing still up in the air

Potential revenue inflow for the company charged with rolling out Labor’s National Broadband Network (NBN) remains up in the air as it continues to negotiate final wholesale pricing with the industry watchdog.