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Why Moving Community TV Online Is A Bad Idea

Last week, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed that community television broadcasts will be pushed online at the end of 2015. Turnbull’s announcement came as a surprise to many of those working in community television, so what’s the likely impact of this transition on the industry?


Why Projected NBN Broadband Demand Numbers Are Flawed

In their cost-benefit analysis of the national broadband network, the Vertigan panel predicts that in 2023, an average Australian household will require a broadband download speed of 15 megabits per second (Mbps). Bill Morrow, the CEO of NBN Co said he is “curious” about this prediction. I would go further and say it is simply wrong, and calls into question the validity of the conclusions of the Vertigan cost-benefit analysis.


Ask LH: What Can I Do When There Are No ADSL Ports Available?

Hi Lifehacker, I’ve recently moved to a town in Queensland that has no available ports for ADSL in the nearest exchange. I’m paying too much for a Wi-Fi hotspot and am scared of using it as I’m charged for every MB over my miniscule data allowance. What other options are there? How long might I have to wait?


The Argument For Fibre-To-The-Premises NBN Isn't Over Yet

In his independent audit of the public policy process behind the national broadband network, former Telstra director Bill Scales suggests there was never an internal debate about different technology options for the NBN.


Vaya Unlimited NBN Plans Are Extremely Cheap

Vaya is best known for dirt-cheap mobile plans (and occasional questions over customer service), but now the company is also seeking your NBN dollar. How do Vaya’s newly-launched plans stack up?


Ask LH: Can I Pre-Apply For The NBN?

Hi Lifehacker, I am in the process of building a new home in an area that does not currently have the NBN (National Broadband Network). Is there a way to apply for NBN connection or prepare the home for when the NBN does come around?


Ask LH: How Can I Ensure I Get The NBN In My Apartment Building?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m about to go through the dreaded process of moving once again. As renters we’ve applied and been approved for a nice apartment which we’ll move into next week. When going through the process of moving the utilities, I noticed that the area is NBN-enabled according to the NBN Co website. I contacted my ISP, who told me that the NBN is not yet available at that property.


This Infographic Shows How Network Speeds Have Improved Over Time

You might not be able to get the NBN at home as soon as you want, but the history of networks is a history of faster speeds — even on copper lines. This infographic highlights some of the main milestones.


Ask LH: Why Do Mobile Data Packs Have An Expiry Date?

Dear LH, Why is it that mobile data packs (for mobile phone plans or use with tablets) have an expiry date? Data allowance won’t spoil in the fridge, so what gives? Some plans let you roll data from month to month, but the long-life ones don’t. Is this fair? Is it legal?


Top 10 Places Worth Moving To For NBN Access

Future plans for the National Broadband Network (NBN) are anything but certain — the only way to be sure you’ll gain access to a fast fibre connection is to move to a location where it already exists. Here are 10 suggestions for places that might be worth the journey.