Data retention, website-blocking, new security laws -- as telcos and ISPs face increasing regulation at the hand of a national security-focused Government, one industry leader warns against the "state control of telecommunications".
As data retention looks set to pass parliament within weeks, the telecommunications industry has united to make a "simple and reasonable" request for the Government to release costs for the regime.
Customers hit with late payment fees by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are being asked to join a class action, as lawyers deem these fees "unlawful".
Telstra is bringing Roku to Australia, but the telco has confirmed that "Telstra TV" will only be available to home broadband customers, and spells the quiet end of the T-Box.
Research from the Department of Communications shows Australians are still pirating, but changes to pricing and availability would make them change their minds, rather than ISP warning letters.
With LG's flagship phone finally launching in Australia on July 14, pricing and pre-order offers are starting to trickle out from retailers and telcos. But there's still no official RRP from LG.
Data retention, site blocking and three-strikes laws highlight 12 transformative months for online freedom in Australia. We reflect on the year's key moments in the words of the major players involved.
Dodo has been called out by the Australian Media and Communications Authority for failing to properly notify its customers about broadband data usage.
As NSW Police look to gain access to bank records of anyone in the state without a warrant, critics say independent oversight is vital to stop "abuses of power".
Exetel has terminated service for hundreds of data-hungry customers, claiming other customers shouldn't have to subsidise "unfair" usage. But the consumer watchdog has warned the ISP could be breaking consumer law.