The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia's proposed wholesale, open-access fibre-to-the-premises data network. Controversial from the moment of its inception, the NBN always manages to generate interesting debate on the future of communications.
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On this week's Technolatte podcast, the Australian team looks at the tax loopholes that Apple is quite good at using, how much information people hand over online, and iiNet's sale of its FttP network to NBN Co.
Figures released last week showed that NBN Co passed 22,100 brownfield premises with fibre in the first three months of 2013, but can the company make up the gap to meet its targets by the end of June?
iiNet would be willing to sell more of its infrastructure, including its extensive fibre to the node network to a Coalition government, should the party win the September federal election.
iiNet and NBN Co have entered an agreement to sell the TransACT fibre to the premise network to NBN Co for AU$9 million.
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has defended the Coalition's decision to keep the NBN off budget if it wins government in September.
A business in Tasmania was the first to take up NBN Co on its user-pays offer to extend fibre beyond the 93 percent footprint.
Pipe Networks has won access to a Melbourne building to install cables, in a Federal Court case that could have wider implications for the entire telecommunications sector.
NBN Co's lengthy response to suggested changes to its special access undertaking has been met with criticism by retail service providers.
The Australian government is promoting one of the first major new apartment blocks connected to the NBN; however, it will not face the same issues that other apartment blocks have had connecting to the NBN.
A shift in funding in the Budget for NBN Co to match the delay in the rollout of the fibre network has been labelled as the 'gutting of NBN Co's funding' by Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The Australian government will expand local programs to promote the NBN, but controversial advertising for the project has been reduced from the last financial year.
The death of the NBN at the hands of wireless is, once again, greatly exaggerated.
Stephen Conroy is using FttP to court regional centres, with the promise of things to come under Labor. Can he convince the bush that FttN won't help them — or can Turnbull save face with unsold 700MHz spectrum?
On this week's Technolatte podcast, the Australian team talks about revenge hacks, New Zealand software patent changes and NBN speed comparisons.
Australian Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam has predicted that data retention will return after the September election.