News and Updates
A recently formed Parliamentary Friends of the Internet group is holding its first meeting open to the public next Tuesday, November 10th, at 4:30pm at Parliament House Canberra.
Internet Australia CEO, Laurie Patton, said today PFI events provided an opportunity to meet with MP’s and senators who are interested in understanding more about the Internet and its potential to support Australia’s economic and social development.
Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has raised its “serious concerns” at reports that Victoria's Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner is seeking warrant-free access to the data retention scheme.
“This is just what many people feared”, according to Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton. “The Data Retention Act only came into effect last month and we are already seeing attempts to widen its reach”.
Internet Service Providers have reacted angrily on learning that the limited government funding to compensate them for the costs of implementing the Data Retention Act will be spit over three years. Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, said today it had only realised this when it was revealed during last week’s Senate Estimates hearings.
Internet Australia CEO, Laurie Patton, commented: “Our ISP members will have to pay upfront for their equipment and salaries, so why should they have to wait to get all their funding from the Government?”
"Absolutely mind boggling", was the comment from Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton to a claim from the Attorney General's Department that industry response to the implementation of the Data Retention Act had been "quite positive". The claim was made tonight during questioning in Senate Estimates.
Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has warned that consumers will be the big losers if the Government fails to deal with the implementation issues associated with the trouble plagued Data Retention Act. It has repeated its call for the legislation to be reviewed immediately, rather than after three years as is currently required.
Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton today warned of what he called an Internet Tax once the real costs come to light and are passed on through increased Internet access fees.