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

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… Keep Reading

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

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. Keep Reading

Australia/International

Australia Expands Universal Service Goal

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. Keep Reading

Australia/International

Australian Telstra Upgrades One-Fifth of Broadband Customers

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.” Keep Reading

International

Australian Executive Slams High Cost Estimates for National Broadband Network

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. Keep Reading

International

Australian Government to Buy Telstra’s Fiber Network

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. Keep Reading

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Talks Continue Amid Controversy Over Leaked Draft

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2009 – While representatives of countries were scheduled to begin meeting today in Seoul, South Korea, to negotiate a confidential international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, some public interest and consumer groups continue to press for more transparency of the negotiations. On November 3 a number of groups signed a letter addressed to President Obama and carbon copied to other key administration officials calling for greater transparency of the talks. Keep Reading

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