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Broadband News from Around the World: Microsoft for Africa & National Broadband Network in Australia

Africa, Australia, Broadband's Impact, Europe, International, National Broadband Plan, Wireless February 23rd, 2013

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2012 – A recent wrap-up of global broadband news included the following items: Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative Microsoft recently launched the Microsoft4Afrika Initiative, in a push to promote economic and broadband development in Africa. The initiative hopes to promote inexpensive smartphone usage on the African continent, and teach digital literacy to citizens. This […]

Mignon Clyburn Expects FCC Universal Service Fund Proposals by Year-End

Broadband Data, FCC, Universal Service, Wireless October 2nd, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va., October 2, 2010 – Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn emphasized the need for quality research in policy making, particularly with regard to reforming the universal service fund for telephone and internet connectivity.

Speaking at the Friday evening dinner session at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, a top telecom research conference here, Clyburn also said that she expected the FCC to propose changes to the USF system, and to propose funding for universal broadband, by the end of 2010.

Broadband Key Component of Australian Election

Australia, Fiber, International September 9th, 2010

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2010 – The national broadband network was a key issue in the recent Australian election, with the Parliament evenly split. The Labor and Liberal parties each had 72 seats with two independents.

Australia Expands Universal Service Goal

Australia, International August 2nd, 2010

WASHINGTON August 3, 2010- While many of the nations of the world are struggling to bring basic high speed access to their populations Australia has announced that it will expand its already ambitious goal. Initially the National Broadband Network was supposed to reach 90% of the Australian population recently the Prime Minister announced that the program will now expand to 93% of the population.

Australians Refuse to Give NBN Permission to Dig Trenches

Australia, Fiber, International August 2nd, 2010

WASHINGTON August 2, 2010- This month the Australian government began to implement its National Broadband Network but they have faced some minor opposition. In the state of Tasmania nearly half of the residents and businesses have yet to give permission to the government to install fiber connections.

Google Exonerated of Data Violations in UK

Europe, International, Privacy, Wireless July 29th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2010 – Following an investigation of Google’s unauthorized Wi-Fi data collection, UK data protection authorities announced that the telecom giant had not done real damage.

Australia to Halt ISP Filtering Program

Australia, International July 19th, 2010

WASHINGTON July 19, 2010 – Australia will stop the rollout of their controversial ISP filtering program. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has stated that the program is currently being re-reviewed.

Australian Telstra Upgrades One-Fifth of Broadband Customers

Australia, International July 16th, 2010

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2010 – One-fifth of Telstra customers in a previous broadband desolate area have upgraded their home networks from copper broadband connections.

Telstra had an area that included 1,500 households in its trial fiber-to-the-home project. Around 300 households signed up for fiber networks as a part of the two-month pilot program. Telstra provided the infrastructure for those 1,500 households to install a fiber connection in an area not used to having broadband.

Simon Hackett managing director of Internode, a provider involved with the trial, said “We’ve certainly signed up enough customers to form a valid set of test cases.”

Australian Executive Slams High Cost Estimates for National Broadband Network

International June 30th, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2010 – In a statement released today, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) Co-Chief Executive Mike Quigley called recent estimates of the network’s startup cost “nonsense.” While most mainstream estimates of the cost to build Australia’s new network range from $43 billion to $60 billion, Quigley insisted that the actual cost of the network would run closer to $30 billion.

Australian Government to Buy Telstra’s Fiber Network

International June 22nd, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2010 – Australia’s largest telecom firm Telstra has finally come to an agreement with the government regarding its fiber network. Telstra was the only ISP in the nation that didn’t support the government’s broadband expansion plans. The firm has reached a deal with the government to decommission its copper network.

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