The ACCC is concerned that a Vodafone-Hutchison merger will stifle mobile competition, but after new figures reveal systematic deception by carriers it's prudent to ask: could the merger really make things any worse than they already are?
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Communications minister Stephen Conroy today announced the controversial web filtering blacklist will be scrapped and be replaced with a whitelist-based filtering regime, to be administered by viewer voting through a family-friendly digital TV-only show called 'The White List'.
Sure, better 3G coverage is good for competition, but it's what you do with the 3G that will ultimately make the difference. As Vodafone expands its network footprint, the practice of selling 3G-enabled netbooks like mobile phones should really resonate with end users.
Even the dim-witted bad guys in the Bond flick Quantum of Solace know that concentrating lots of power in a small place may not be the best idea. So how could Stephen Conroy and ACMA have been surprised when the alleged web filter blacklist made its debut?
Last year I opined that, even if Telstra did launch Apple's iPhone 3G, conflicting goals meant it couldn't afford to seriously back the product. This year, Telstra proved me right, and the reason is simple: Australia's biggest telco just wants to be a Mac.
Many Australians are drooling at the prospect of 100Mbps broadband, but Trujillo seems to have a bigger endgame in mind. As Telstra poaches customers from the PSTN and NBN, he'll leave more poison pills than we've seen since Phar Lap.
What if Shell, Caltex, Mobil and all the other petroleum giants decided tomorrow to stop selling unleaded, and announced that they would only manufacture and sell LPG from now on? Telstra's decision to introduce RIM equipment in its Deakin, ACT exchange will have the same effect for its competitors.
Telstra's 21Mbps Next-G boost and Internode's new 100Mbps FttH networks may be both companies' show ponies, but when it comes to helping most of us, their need-for-speed posturing is just a box-and-dice distraction that we've all seen before.
Telstra changed so much internally under Sol Trujillo's watch that it seems likely the company's next CEO will be drawn from a small pool of executives who are already well practised in the Way of Sol.
Pretty soon, the government will be screening and filtering our email as well as making blogs like this one disappear.