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Tim Harford got it wrong on net neutrality. Poptech/flickr

Can competition fix net non-neutrality?

Short answer: it isn’t obvious that it can. Let me back up a second and explain why I am revisiting this issue. Tim Harford published an article a few days ago that took his masterful econsplaining skills…
The 3 to 2 FCC vote favored Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed net neutrality rules and will regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Private networks and public speech: net neutrality in context

This open internet debate isn't the first time the government has wrestled with the question of how to apportion rights between private media owners and the public.
However hi-tech the world has become, it still rests on copper cable. zhangyang13576997233/Shutterstock

To avoid confusion and rising anger, let’s abolish line rental

Telephone companies have yet again announced inflation-busting increases in telephone line rental charges. Why, in a world that is increasingly mobile-first – or even mobile-only – are we still paying…
Telstra’s existing customers will be asked to help provide most of the new Wi-Fi hotspots. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Customers to provide the hotspots in Telstra’s new Wi-Fi plan

Telstra’s plans to rollout Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network over the next five years involves asking existing customers to allow part of their broadband connection to be used as hotspots. More than two…
Is the government sending signals on the speed of broadband Australians should accept? Steven Depolo/Flickr

Broadband projections fail reality test

In their cost-benefit analysis of the national broadband network, the Vertigan panel predicts that in 2023, an average Australian household will require a broadband download speed of 15 megabits per second…
Shifting from one policy to another has disrupted the NBN rollout, so how does NBN Co report its progress? Floris van Lint/Flickr

Mixed tech, mixed messages: NBN reports unravelled

NBN Co, tasked with building the National Broadband Network (NBN), yesterday released its 2014 Annual Report, showing a three-fold increase in activated premises (210,000 up from 70,000) and a doubling…
Australia has chosen not to rely on market forces for ubiquitous broadband. Kirk Lau/Flickr

The NBN needs Australian action, not a lesson from Canada

A recent piece in The Conversation suggested that for “top broadband policy” the Australian government should look to Canada. Many observers of the development of Canada’s broadband infrastructure would…
The Great White North is about as similar to Australia as any other country … so why don’t we follow their lead? Winston Wong/Flickr

For top broadband policy, look no further than Canada

You might have seen communications minister Malcolm Turnbull raising the issue about Australian press not discussing policy problems and solutions from overseas, in a speech delivered at the Lowy Institute…
Looking for fast broadband? Here, read this report. Stefan Postles/AAP

The politics of unshackling the NBN from politics

Nobody can ever state with certainty how much it will cost or how long it will take to deliver broadband services to more than 22 million people spread out over 7.6 million square kilometres. Even more…
Malcolm Turnbull says Labor’s NBN would have cost $73 billion, but his version is also likely to be billions of dollars over budget. Alan Porritt/AAP

NBN 2.0: From engineer’s dream to political football

With unwavering confidence Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the consultants report showing Labor’s ambitious plan to provide fibre–to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband to the vast majority…
Businesses, government organisations and individuals are not currently well prepared to take advantage of faster broadband, according to the CSIRO. Flickr/HD Zimmermann

CSIRO report confirms lag in business internet use

Broadband access and coverage may have increased across the country, but businesses aren’t investing in the required skills…
New research from the Centre for Broadband Innovation explores what’s required to get more businesses online. Lukas Coch/AAP

Broadband and business: if you build it will they come?

As the debate about the type of broadband infrastructure Australia is investing in rolls on, the really big question concerns the extent to which Australians will benefit from this investment. This is…

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