After years of waiting, my home has finally been connected to Australia's halfbaked NBN. Our street was connected with hybrid fibre-coaxial and I'm now enjoying internet speeds our American friends took for granted in the nineties. As I had to change internet providers, it was a good time to test the latest home networking products available.
Telstra and TPG are Australia's largest internet providers, but they're almost polar opposites. TPG built its reputation as a budget broadband provider. Telstra is anything but cheap. This is reflected in their NBN plans.
In November 2019 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) began forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block illegal gambling websites. Several months on, Australians will be prevented from accessing an additional nine offshore sites.
The company delivering the National Broadband Network has offered an apology to property owners unhappy with the installation of equipment, as criticism mounts about the rollout of the network. Stanmore resident Daniel Ribarovski said NBN Co's contractors dug up the front yard of his 1880s Victorian terrace while he was overseas, triggering a security alert to his phone.