Boost for the bush
The Federal Government has announced $34 million in funding for 72 new regional telecommunications projects under the Networking the Nation program. The funding is aimed at augmenting existing telecommunications services and addressing key accessibility issues for Australians living in regional, rural and remote parts of the country. $19 million of the funding is allocated specifically for indigenous projects. These projects will supplement the Telecommunications Action Plan for Remote Indigenous Communities (TAPRIC), which will provide a further $8.3 million to remote indigenous communities over the next three years.
ACCC attacks Free2aiR
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Internet TV Australia, trading as Free2aiR, and its director, James Young. The ACCC alleges that Free2aiR engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in breach of the Trade Practices Act by failing to bring to the attention of potential customers the full terms and conditions of the Internet access services it supplied. The ACCC alleges that Free2aiR failed to point out that customers will be charged a quarterly administration fee in addition to the set-up fee. The ACCC further alleges that Free2aiR engaged in unconscionable conduct by threatening to disconnect customers if they contacted Free2aiR by telephone to query the administration fee.
Quantum soups up SDLT
Quantum has released its latest midrange tape drive in the US, bulking up the amount of data that can be stored on a drive and cutting backup times for mid-sized companies. Quantum's SDLT 320 marks a significant jump in storage capacity over the current SDLT 220 drives. The SDLT 220 tops out at 220GB of compressed data, whereas the new drive can store as much as 160GB of uncompressed data and 320GB of compressed data.