broadband

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.


Planhacker: Australian Unlimited ADSL2+/NBN Broadband (July 2014)

If you’re a video addict, then “unlimited” broadband plans can be appealing — but who offers them and who has the best deal? This Planhacker guide rounds up all the “unlimited” ADSL2 and NBN plans we could find so you can choose the right one for you.


Who Needs A 1TB Broadband Plan?

It’s a familiar complaint: you’re only part way through the month and you’ve already used up your download limit, leaving you with either a slow shaped connection or big excess usage fees. But just how large an allowance do you need? Is 1TB more than enough for most of us?


Ask LH: How Can I Change Broadband Providers Without Hassle?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a developer transitioning to working for myself from home, but my Internode ADSL is no longer up to scratch. I used to get 3.5Mpbs, now I’m below 1.5Mbps due to the declining quality of my line which Telstra refuses to fix.