CrossTalk was a weekly half-hour telecommunications podcast produced for the industry journal CommsDay.

Why Verizon wants to buy AOL

Verizon is buying AOL not just for customer numbers, its largely to do with mobile advertising. Is this a space that more telcos should be playing in?

Why the sudden need for scale?

There’s a lot of takeovers in the telco sector right now. What’s driving this need for scale and how much is being driven by the arrival of the NBN.

Did New Zealand get it right on broadband?

Australia and New Zealand embarked on high speed broadband roll-outs around the same time. Their approach, it seems, is cheaper, faster – with more reliance on fibre – and has been quicker to deploy.

Price could kill the NBN, not the speed

NBN detractors only question whether it’ll deliver the speed we demand. It’s less of an issue than the question of price.

Is the NBN Fast Enough For Home Workers

Is the NBN being designed in a way that will boost productivity by encouraging more of us to work from home?

How Dallas Buyers Lost the Battle They Won

The copyright owners for the movie Dallas Buyers Club won a court battle against iiNet this week, but the ruling could scupper any plans for speculative invoicing. So, it’s really a loss for them.

Will you be paying for Netflix, whether you want to or not?

Netflix has arrived in Australia. They’ll make a lot of money, whilst network providers will have to provide the capacity to meet the demand and pass the costs on. So is everyone paying for Netflix, whether they use it or not?

Website blocking: the easy way to protect copyright, but does it work?

A new law will enable copyright owners to approach the Federal Court to request an injunction against an overseas website if its primary purpose is the infringement of copyright. ISPs will then be required to block those sites. Will it work?

iiNet takeover the least of our competitive worries

Will more infrastructure competition be better for the industry, even though the OECD country with the fastest rollout of fibre did so with a monopoly player.

What price, the last mile?

Telstra is upset about a draft decision from the ACCC that will see other companies paying less to access their last-mile infrastructure. So how is the price arrived at and is it fair.

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