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Stephen Conroy’s Public Lie On Internet Filter

Factual inaccuracy, fabrication, deceit, falsification or simply an outright lie. Whichever way you look at it, Stephen Conroy has told a blatant lie to the public in relation to the Internet Content Filtering project.
 

Delimiter.com.au is reporting that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today told a lie by saying that Telstra and Optus had adhered to the government’s request by deploying a mandatory filtering process, when in fact, they had only implemented a significantly dumbed down voluntary version.
 

There have been no reports of any Australian Internet Service Provider using the government’s Internet content filtering system as suggested by Mr Conroy. Unless we’re all missing something here, it looks like the good minister either has become confused in a momentary lapse of reason or is just downright telling a lie.
 

Read more at Delimiter.com.au – Conroy misleads public on Internet filter

 

NBN Co unveils Operations Facility

The Minister for Communications and Broadband, Senator Stephen Conroy, has officilally opened the doors of the NBN Co’s  new operations and demonstration facility in Melbourne’s Docklands region.

 

Nicknamed the ‘Nerve Centre’ the new facility will be an information hub for consumers and service providers for all things NBN and in addition, host the Network Service Operations Centre (NSOC), the National Test Facility (NTF), the Service Activation Centre (SAC) and the Discovery Centre.

 

Learn more about the NBN Co’s new operations and demonstrations facility at computerworld.com.au – NBN Co opens new facilities in Melbourne

 

Broken Hill Broadband Backbone Link Completed

Nextgen Networks has just completed construction on a new Broken Hill broadband backbone link that extends from Gawler in South Australia, through to Shepparton in Victoria and will offer improved broadband services for approximately 137,000 people residing in those areas.


The initiative is part of the Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP) with the completion announced yesterday by Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Mr Conroy stated that the new link would provide greater competition, better value services and faster broadband throughout the stretch of 1150kms that the link entails.


The RBBO will provide retail service providers the ability to offer better broadband services in the following towns:

Gawler
Tanunda
Angaston
Nuriootpa
Kapunda
Dutton East
Waikerie
Wigley Flat
Barmera
Berri
Renmark
Morcalla North
Merbein
Mildura
Coombah
Broken Hill
Red Cliffs
Chippendale
Robinvale
Kyalite
Swan Hill
Mystic Park
Kerang
Cohuna
Torrumbarry
Echuca
Moama
Kyabram
Mooroopna
Shepparton


Source: dbcde.gov.au

Telstra Shareholder Vote Yes for NBN Deal

Telstra shareholders signalled their approval for the NBN deal with a remarkable 99.09% of proxy votes in favour of the transaction which will net the Telco a staggering $11 billion for decommissioning its copper network and rolling customers on to the fibre National Broadband Network.

With regulatory uncertainty clouding the Telco for the past couple of years, Telstra’s board members would be quietly celebrating the outcome of the shareholder vote as it almost instantaneously provides stability and also places the Telco $4.7 billion greater than under the best available alternative.

All that stands in the way of a fully fledged NBN now are the concerns raised by the ACCC in relation to Telstra’s structural separation undertaking (SSU) that were submitted to the competition watchdog some time ago for approval.

Youcompare expects that Telstra will address and rectify these issues promptly as failure to do this by 31st December 2011 would activate a compulsory functional separation which would leave the ACCC and Communications Minister, Senator Stephen with greater control of how the Telstra’s retail and wholesale businesses would be separated.

ACCC concerned with Telstra NBN Deal

Telstra ACCC agreement before shareholder vote in doubt

Telstra have advised the ASX that they do not expect the ACCC to approve their plans to structurally separate the company and transfer 10 million fixed line customers on to the NBN Co’s new fibre network before their upcoming shareholders vote.

The two biggest hurdles that Telstra need to clear before it can reap the $11 billion deal with the NBN Co are still up in the air although the Telco remains confident that they will eventually get there.

The first issue was to have the structural separation plans approved by the ACCC prior to the shareholder vote on October 18. This has yet to be resolved, however Telstra have declared they will still proceed with the second hurdle, which is to take their separation proposal to the shareholders at the upcoming annual meeting.

“We do not expect ACCC approval will be received before the AGM,” Telstra told the ASX.

Updated by Ronnie on October 3, 2011

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Despite all the recent media speculation stating that the ACCC was deeply concerned with Telstra’s structural separation submission and that it may set back the National Broadband Network roll out, Telstra CEO David Thodey has come out and quashed all reports by stating that the Telco is still on track to reach a deal with the competition watchdog very soon.

“It’s no change to what we’ve said before,” he said. “We’ve got some work to do and we’re working productively with (the ACCC).”

Mr Thodey said that he expects approval from Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to be reached in time before the Telxo brings it’s retail and wholesale structural separation plans to a shareholder vote on October 18, 2011.

Updated by Ronnie on September 9, 2011

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Telstra CEO David Thodey admitted that he wasn’t surprised with the ACCC’s warning about the Telco’s structural separation plans. This statement comes as a direct result from the recent concerns aired by the ACCC in relation to Telstra’s wireless services competing against the NBN Co’s upcoming national broadband network.


According to an article at Computerworld, Mr Thodey stated that… “The ACCC has raised a number of concerns but they do not really come as a surprise to us at all,” and… “We to believe the issues can be resolved in away consistent with our principle of protecting shareholder value and the company will continue to work closely with the ACCC to address the concerns with a view to obtaining acceptance to the structural separation undertaking and draft migration plan before the AGM on 18 October 2011.”


Telstra and the ACCC have been in regular consultation over the structural separation of the Telecommunication provider. So I suspect that the emergence of these recent events will not in any way hinder the separation process nor the upcoming shareholder vote.


Updated Friday 02/09/2011


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A fundamental component for the Government’s vision of a National Broadband Network to become a reality is the structural separation of Telstra. This has now hit a major hurdle with the ACCC flagging concerns over Telstra’s plans to restructure the company.


It was expected that Telstra’s submission to the ACCC would pave the way to an $11 billion deal with the NBN Co to share it’s vital infrastructure. However a green light from the competition regulator has not been granted as they are concerned with the Telco’s pre-conditional promise of ‘not competing’ with the NBN through its wireless services offerings.


This concern could be a major setback for the NBN’s development schedule and Telstra’s structural separation plans unless immediate action is taken by the Telco to make important changes to their proposal. Although this latest issue should not halt NBN proceedings entirely, it still managed to unsettle investors as Telstra shares took a dive after the announcement was made.


Opposition communication spokesman Malcolm Turnbull didn’t waste any time to attack the integrity of the Government by stating the comments showed the Government was putting its political interests ahead of the national interest. While the Minister of Communication Stephen Conroy said this issue was a matter for the ACCC and he looked forward to the final determination.


NBN Co Telstra $11 Billion Deal Done

Julia Gillard has announced that an $11 billion deal has been struck between the NBN Co and Telstra.


Joined by the Minister of Broadband and Communications Stephen Conroy, NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley and Telstra boss David Thodey, the Prime Minister stated the deal would involve giving the $38 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) access to Telstra’s fixed line copper PSTN network.


Telstra’s shares were also halted from trading in New Zealand during the announcement this morning and are expected to significantly rise once trading resumes from yesterday’s closing value of $3.03. Investors have been reluctant up until now to buy into Telstra amid fears of uncertainty with the Labor government’s NBN project.


Now that the deal has been signed and sealed, it also paves the way for many contractual obligations such as a $800 millionr deal with Optus to transfer its cable customers to the NBN and in effect, make it more difficult for the Liberal party to deliver it’s alternative broadband plans for Australia if it were to win the next election.


Armidale residents all for NBN

Yes, you would be right for thinking that this town rings a bell as this electorate belongs to Tony Windsor – the Independent MP and member for New England that was essentially responsible for getting the Labor party over the line in last years’ Federal Election.

Labor was out in force at Armidale just recently to promote the national broadband network for the bush. And subject to one of Mr Windsor’s key demands on voting the Labor Government in, was the early adoption of optical fibre for the bush, namely in Armidale.

Early indications from local residents are suggesting that the NBN in the area is highly being received, so much so that Senator Conroy has stated that approximately 90% of the 5739 eligible premises have acknowledged their acceptance by opting in for the trial.

Unlike the poor reception and negativity the NBN appears to be receiving in major metropolitan cities and the online space, Mr Windsor was quoted to say that the country people out in his electorate are ‘hungry for it’. He further added that much of this bad publicity was due to News Ltd and the scare campaign they were running against the NBN due to their unfavourable opinion on the way the last election result was chosen.

“News Ltd has to be reminded from time to time that they are not the government,”

The Parliament forms the government of the day and [News Ltd] doesn’t particularly like the way it was chosen, so anything that attaches to the way the government was chosen and broadband was one of those determining factors – is obviously seen by News Ltd as a target.

“But when you come out to the recipients of the infrastructure, these people want it, country people are hungry for it.”

Source: The Land

Conroy Internet Filter Push for July 2011

Now that the National Broadband Network appears to be destined, the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has once again shifted his attention to implementing the unpopular internet content filtering program.

Nothing appears to have changed since he last embarked his pre-election mission to persuade the public into thinking that his controversial content filtering plan for the Internet would free the Internet from child pornography and unlawful content, except to say that its introduction has now been scheduled for July 2011.

The majority of Telecommunication service providers, broadband experts and broadband enthusiasts alike, have always suggested that his proposed content filtering scheme will NOT stop this type of material surfacing and will slow down Internet connectivity. For example, just type in related search key words and see how far you get? The chances are not very far because this kind of content is not available to mainstream people such as you or I.

It’s believed that those responsible for organising and publishing explicit material that Mr Conroy speaks of, will always get around any type of online filter or preventitive software by distributing contraband via VPN (virtual private network) and other advanced methods of network transmissions.

Read more at arnet.com.au

Government release $35.9 billion NBN Business Plan

The Australian Federal Government has finally released the full version of the NBN Business Plan, conveniently timed I might add. With Parliament now at recess and the announcement made in the week leading up to Christmas, it appears that timing is everything as far as ‘softening the blow’ goes from a Coalition point of view anyway.

Mike Quigley (NBN Co CEO) has stated that specific targets for the rollout includes many assumptions based on the inclusion of Telstra, and much of these factors will continue to be discussed over the Christmas/New Year break.

Julia Gillard, Stephen Conroy, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Penny Wong were all expected to address the media today.

Key Points:
9.5 years to administer to 10 million homes with 93% fibre connection
Entry plan price $24 (wholesale) for 12 megabit connection
Business study based on 70% take-up
Total Cost: $35.9 billion ($27.5 billion Government investment)
Annual revenue forecast: $5.8 billion in 2021 & $7.6 billion in 2025

Read more about the NBN Business Plan release here: news.com.au

NBN Co Rollout still on track

Now that a result for the Australian Federal Election has been reached, work on the National Broadband Network has recommenced with it’s first data centre to be operational by next January.  A second data centre has also been planned although a site and supplier is still yet to be confirmed.

Telstra, who has a $9 billion non-binding agreement with the Government that involves the sale of their copper PSTN network, will encourage their shareholders to agree to the deal which is expected to be approved early next year.

Although the construction progress has been delayed by the elongated election outcome, the NBN Co is still on track to name the final list of construction contractors by the end of the year. The progress news was further strengthened by Stephen Conroy recent statement on the ABC radio that the Tasmanian rollout of the NBN has thus far come in under budget and ahead of schedule.

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