Calls for emergency taskforce after outages leave Aboriginal communities ‘hungry and forgotten’

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Remote Indigenous communities need a taskforce to coordinate emergencies when telecommunications go down, so people aren’t left without food or help as the Groote archipelago was, the local Aboriginal land council has said. Aboriginal people in the region said they were left “sick, angry, hungry and forgotten” when phones went down for three days. Residents […]

Government knew desperate NT island residents were stealing food after power cuts left them without supplies

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The federal government has admitted it had received reports that desperate people were breaking into houses looking for food, as telecommunications outages left Aboriginal people living on islands off the Northern Territory coast without essential supplies for almost three days last week. The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) told a Senate committee Friday that it […]

Fibre-to-node NBN users often not getting speeds they’re paying for, watchdog says

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Australia’s competition regulator has said many people on fibre-to-the-node NBN connections are not able to get the speeds they are paying for, with nearly a quarter of people on higher-tier speeds found to have underperforming connections. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report for broadband speeds, released on Wednesday, showed similar average download-speed results for […]

People often don’t trust us on 5G: Telstra asks government to help combat health fears

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Telstra has called on the government to help combat a misinformation campaign on the health risks of 5G that has been carried out “on a scale we have not seen” before, driven by social media. Australian mobile telecommunications companies are only just beginning to build 5G networks around the country, but they are already facing […]

Telstra chairman defends executive pay, saying ‘kids are earning $5m playing Fortnite’

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The Telstra chairman, John Mullen, has taken a swipe at critics of executive pay by saying that while teenage Fortnite players can earn millions, someone who is well rewarded for devoting their life to a career in business is derided as “morally wrong”. Speaking at the telco’s annual general meeting in Sydney on Tuesday, Mullen […]

Telstra warns public trust will crumble unless access to data is limited

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Telstra has warned that public trust in the security of their data will be eroded if government agencies continue to be allowed access to it without appropriate authorisation. More than 60 agencies, including local councils, state coroners, Centrelink, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, have been accessing data using a […]

Eftpos outage resolved, says Telstra, after earlier advising people to carry cash

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Telstra says it has “resolved” a network outage that left people unable to use Eftpos machines and ATMs at businesses across the country. On Saturday morning, the telco had advised people carry cash instead of relying on tap-and-go, as the outage dragged on into its second day. But a spokesman confirmed on Saturday afternoon that […]