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Aussie Broadband Speeds Are Confusing And Misleading: ACCAN

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) says that information about broadband speeds isn’t being communicated to consumers in a clear and upfront way.

ACCAN’s submission to the ACCC’s consultation on broadband speed highlights that information provided to consumers about broadband speeds is often confusing and can also be misleading as claimed speeds frequently don’t match reality.


Here's How Many Australian Premises Will Be Getting FTTP By 2020

nbn has released its Corporate Plan for 2017-2010. If the government-owned corporation can be believed, the national broadband network is on track to connect 8 million active end users by 2020. But how many of these will be fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) compared to fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), hybrid fibre co-axial (HFC) and fixed wireless/satellite? This chart breaks down the numbers, along with how much each technology actually costs.


Dealhacker: The Cheapest Unlimited NBN Plans In Each Australian City

The NBN might not be available everywhere, but if you live in the heart of a major Australian city you’re pretty spoiled for choice. Deciding which plan to sign up for can therefore be a bit daunting. If you require lots of data at the cheapest possible price, this roundup of unlimited NBN plans will help to narrow down your selection.


NBN Full Year Financial Results: The Post-Mortem

nbn, the company responsible for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), has just released its financial results for the last financial year. After heavy scrutiny and relentless criticism over the past year, nbn was determined to show the public that the NBN deployment is well on-track, that the company was financially viable and that FTTN is the right technology for the network. Here’s what you need to know about nbn’s financial results.


DGtek's Unlimited Broadband Plan Delivers Speeds Up To Ten Times Faster Than The NBN

Following the lead of Google in the US, Melbourne telco DGtek is launching a 1 Gbps suburban GPON fibre service this month to serve homes and businesses hungry for bandwidth. That’s ten times faster than what the NBN currently offers (if you can get it in your area at all.) Here’s what you need to know.


Is Lightning Broadband's 100 Mbps Internet Too Good To Be True?

As millions of Australian homes wait for the NBN to reach their door, Lightning Broadband is deploying a wireless network promising fibre-like download speeds to suburban users.

Starting in Melbourne’s inner suburbs with plans to extend to other state capitals, Lightning Broadband is connecting homes and businesses via 5.8 GHz microwave links capable of delivering 100 Mbps download speeds. The links also support 100 Mbps upload speeds, outpacing uploads on the National Broadband Network’s fibre connections. Here’s what you need to know.


Ask LH: Can Telstra Force Me Onto An NBN Plan If I Don't Want To Go?

Dear Lifehacker, My street was recently joined to the great and wonderful NBN (slight sarcasm there.) Telstra has since informed me that I need to move my internet and phone across as it won’t be supported in its existing state. I’ve got no problem with this, but it got me examining other telco’s NBN deals and comparing prices.

I’m still under a 24-month contract — or am I? If I stick with Telstra, I’d essentially be signing a new contract (which they’re happy to do because it keeps me as their customer) but am I still obligated if Telstra is effectively terminating the service I signed up for?


How Do The Labor And Liberal NBN Policies Differ?

Labor’s policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network and transition back to a roll-out of fibre to the premises (FTTP). This was the central pillar of Labor’s original NBN. So how does this compare with the Coalition’s version of the NBN?


Briefly: NBN Chief Quits, Radeon RX 480 Pricing, Future Earth

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: 11 ways the future could pan out for humanity, Radeon RX 480 Australian pricing revealed, get a 1TB Xbox One bundle for $328.


There's Still Time To Fix Australia's NBN

It is not too late to change the current direction of Australia’s NBN from one that just meets today’s demands, to one that we need for the future. Former NBN boss Mike Quigley explains what’s wrong with the current model and why we need to change it…


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