Copper, loopholes and probes dominate Coalition’s cut-down NBN launch

By Julian Bajkowski The Coalition has gambled large on reviving Australia’s ageing copper telecommunications network to supply broadband download speeds of between 25 megabits per second and 100 megabits per second to deliver a heavily pared-down and cheaper version of the National Broadband Network (NBN) it claims will be completed by the end of 2019. […]

Hobart switched on for NBN

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy has slotted another piece of the National Broadband Network (NBN) puzzle into place, rolling out the new fibre optic infrastructure in Hobart, Tasmania. Hobart’s connection to the NBN closely follows the Tasmanian government inking a deal with internet service provider iiNet […]

ASIO warns of internet terror recruitment

By Julian Bajkowski The head of Australia’s domestic spy agency has revealed that internet-addicted loners and individuals with far right-wing and white-supremacist views have escalated as an area of concern for potential terrorist activity. In a carefully nuanced speech to the Security In Government conference in Canberra, the Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence […]

Lake Macquarie Council gives builders online option

By Lilia Guan Lake Macquarie City Council is offering builders access to an online service for booking building inspections.   The council’s manager development assessment and compliance, Steve Brown said builders only had the option of telephoning Council to book inspections, before the new online service was introduced.   “Council initiated the online inspection booking […]

Macquarie Telecom joins AGIMO panel

Managed hosting and telecommunications vendor, Macquarie Telecom has been appointed as a member of the Telecommunications Internet Based Network Connections (IBNC) Panel, established by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, for the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).   As part of its position on the panel, Macquarie Telecom will provide Internet Protocol Carriage Services […]

Maribyrnong connects seniors online

By Lilia Guan Broadband connection for seniors has increased their social networking, Maribyrnong Council says.   The Victorian-based council saw the official opening of the 2000th senior’s internet kiosk, through the Australian Government's Broadband for seniors, towards the end of February. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, joined seniors at […]

Meeting stricter web guidelines

By Lilia Guan   All government agencies must meet the Federal Government’s first deadline for a comprehensive review of their websites by December this year.   Earlier this year the Australian government endorsed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 for all government websites. This requirement supersedes the previous mandate for compliance with WCAG […]


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