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Carlton: Henderson could keep the Press Council busy

Mike Carlton writes on Gerard Henderson, and Crikey readers talk defence ministers past and the NBN losers.

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Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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The Russian side of the story

Crikey readers talk the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the NBN.

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Broadband is just a toy for bored geeks, right?

The Coalition’s independent NBN modelling appears to be based on spurious (and sometimes laughable) assumptions about the way Australians use the internet, now and in the future, writes board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia Colin Jacobs.

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Govt modelling says NBN is just fine — as long as you don’t want to use the internet much

The government’s estimations of the download speeds we’ll need in the future are laughable — and alarming.

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When in Rome, refrain from selling off state assets

Crikey readers have their say on asset sales, Malcolm Turnbull and tobacco plain packaging

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Razer’s Class Warfare: stop loving Malcolm Turnbull

So all you progressives love Malcolm Turnbull. Why, when he’s destroying the NBN and represents the ruling class?

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The devil in the NBN’s satellite magic pudding

Yesterday’s announcement about changes to the National Broadband Network are mixed news for those waiting to get high-speed internet, writes technology writer and consultant Paul Wallbank.

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Turnbull pulls the plug on FTTP, so ‘we’re back to the drawing board’

More than 3.4 million Australian homes are stuck with bog-standard broadband, thanks to the Coalition’s latest NBN misstep. Our own correspondent feels dudded.

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Tips and rumours

We’ll have the scampi at Pell’s farewell dinner … Sinodinos, why so modest? … RiotACT may pull through …

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‘No path to privatisation’? Spectre of NBN float raises hopes — and hackles

Legislation prevents the NBN from being sold for some time, but plenty of bankers want to get their hands on it sooner. The Greens and Labor say it should remain in public hands — what does Clive Palmer think?

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‘Nothing’s off the table’: Telstra contemplates structural separation

The National Broadband Network might be going back to the drawing board as Telstra signals it is considering structural separation.

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Could Telstra and Optus dominate the NBN? iiNet snub a spanner

ISP iiNet has refused to sign up to NBN Co’s wholesale agreement. Is this a major stumbling block, or a chance for Telstra and Optus to earn big?

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Crikey Awards: the business winners and losers of 2013

The market conditions were better in 2013, so who made the most of it? And which chairmen and CEOs should hang their heads in shame? We name the best and worst in business.

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What the NBN will mean for Telstra’s stranglehold

The Coalition’s broadband plan is more expensive and less efficient than was promised. So is Labor’s.

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When Malcolm met Henry: Ergas gets a second bite at NBN

Economist Henry Ergas has been appointed to Malcolm Turnbull’s expert panel on the NBN. What does Ergas’ own track record look like?

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Huawei charm offensive can’t whitewash complicity in surveillance

Huawei has launched a charm offensive to portray itself as independent of governments. But it has a track record of working closely with the world’s worst regimes.

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Internet use: we’re more mobile, but we still need a cable

Crikey pops the hype over the widely reported percentage growth in wireless internet use, showing we use fixed-line internet connections more than ever.

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Companies need to lift their game on tax

Crikey readers have their say on budget scaremongering and getting the NBN to regional Australia.

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Don’t stamp out the prospect of privatising Australia Post

The government should reconsider its preemptive rejection of the privatisation of Australia Post — such sell-offs have worked well overseas. But yes, there are some concerns that need to be deal with first.

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The 11 most influential people in Australia’s tech sector

Smart Company deputy editor Patrick Stafford identifies the movers and shakers of Australia’s tech world. There’s some new names in the mix.

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NBN Co board refuses to drink the poisoned chalice

It’s no surprise the entire NBN Co board has resigned. The Coalition doesn’t want NBN Co to succeed, and the technological and political challenge ahead is mighty.

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Who pays the pollster calls the tune? Daily Tele caught out

Business chiefs don’t like Labor’s NBN, The Daily Telegraph tells us; and there’s a poll to prove it. But just a minute — who paid for that poll?

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Tips and rumours

This candidate is a real pain … Rudd v Murdoch … reprieve for roadkill artist …

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It’s been a bad week for the anti-NBN brigade

Media attacks on the NBN foundered this week on some inconvenient facts and annoying rules of mathematics. But getting it wrong won’t stop the critics …

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