Expert Warns Poor Broadband Means WA Faces More Risks On Cyber Security

WA has the worst broadband in the nation, with the highest proportion of underperforming services of any state in the country, according to an ACCC report “Measuring Broadband Australia”. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report Measuring Broadband Australia claimed Western Australians had been provided with a poor internet service, with many owning NBN50 or…

NBN “poorly designed and unfair” as WA tops nation in underperforming service

WA has the worst broadband in the nation with the highest proportion of underperforming services of any state in the country, with the federal opposition blaming the government for poor internet infrastructure. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report Measuring Broadband Australia claimed Western Australians had been provided with a poor internet service, with many…

Loophole to be fixed to give housing subdivisions internet

A loophole causing small housing subdivisions in WA to be built without telecommunications infrastructure will be fixed, the State Government said. The government has revealed it will fix the problem that does not give those homeowners access to internet technology, with new policy measures now released for public comment. The measures, outlined in the draft…

Whatsapp’s not so private: world-first legislation passed in Australia

By Cassandra Elliott Encrypted messages on services like Whatsapp are now accessible to the police and intelligence agencies in world-first legislation. On the last day of Parliament for the year, the legislation was passed with the support of the Coalition and Labor,after Labor agreed to drop amendments in the interest of public safety over the…

TPG to Compensate Customers For Slow NBN Speeds

TPG internet customers will be compensated after being misled about the maximum speed they could achieve on their National Broadband Network (NBN) plan. Almost 8,000 customers will be compensated for slower-than-expected internet speeds after the telco marketed its highest speed internet plan as “seriously fast internet” between September 1 2015 and 30 June 2017. “TPG…

Phone, Internet Complaints Spike Driven By NBN Issues

Complaints about the National Broadband Network (NBN) and Telstra have spiked in Australia during the last financial year, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO). The Ombudsman’s annual report released on Wednesday revealed a 160 per cent increase in complaints about the NBN and a 43.5 per cent rise in complaints about Telstra, causing a…

Still Loading: NBN Connection Rolling Out Until 2020

By Taylah Hanna and Elyse Simich Despite the National Broadband Network (NBN) already connecting 50 per cent of WA’s homes and businesses, many of Perth’s suburbs will be forced to wait until 2020. With approximately 640,000 premises ready to connect in WA, NBN Senior Manager of Community Affairs in WA Rachael McIntyre said this nationwide…

Community TV’s Online Move Delayed After Six Month Reprieve

Community television stations will stay on the air for another six months after being granted a broadcast licence extension. The Federal Government has given the extension to stations across Australia to assist in their transition to online streaming. Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said in a statement on Facebook the extension will help the transition…

Community TV Online Shift to Cost Youth Job Training

Young people planning to enter the media industry could experience a reduction of local training opportunities in two weeks, when community television broadcasting goes off air across Australia. Community television broadcasting licences expire on June 30, following Federal Government plans in 2014 to move broadcasting online, affecting volunteers training with stations. Stations across Australia received…