More than 80 projects funded under the Regional Connectivity Program will provide people in Regional Australia access to improved broadband services and data delivering fast, affordable and reliable connectivity.
The federal government’s two-year review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority has made 27 recommendations for reform of ACMA, including a more defined role of its regulatory remit at a time of “radical change” in the communications sector over 10 years.
Telecommunications competition law changes proposed by the federal government would "gut protections" from anti-competitive conduct by Telstra, and “fly in the face of almost universal opposition” from other telcos, according to the Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC).
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) wants SMS text capability for triple 000 calls implemented but has expressed concern that its recommendations for the change to the emergency call service have still not been implemented.
Vodafone’s offer to buy spectrum in the 700MHz band from the government for $594.3 million dollars has sparked an angry reaction from competitor Telstra, with the big telco labelling the offer price as being below market rate.
Australia has high levels of online copyright infringement, with illegal downloading of movies, music, TV programs and video games continuing unabated despite warnings about the legal consequences of the practice.
Former UK digital industry veteran Paul Shetler has been appointed as the first CEO of the federal government’s new Digital Transformation Office (DTO).
The Government will proceed with its proposed shakeup of the management of the radio spectrum, used by TV, mobile phones and emergency services.
The federal Department of Communications will spend $18 million over the next five years, with ASG assisting the department to move from its traditional IT service delivery model to the cloud.
The Commonwealth Government has released a discussion paper setting out its plans to improve online safety for children.
More details of the recent study which found that more than 1.6 million premises in Australia have very poor or no fixed broadband access at all are expected to be released soon by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.
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