Below is a list of links relevant to telecommunications in Australia. We hope they prove useful to you. If you know of another website which might be useful to include here, please feel free to contact us.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Australia's regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radio communications and Telecommunications
ACMA's Cabling Regulations
The Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000 (CPRs) regulate the cabling industry and ensure that minimum cabling requirements are in place to promote safety and maintain network integrity.
The major requirements of CPRs are that:
Prohibited Online Content
ACMA responds to community concerns about offensive and illegal material online by administering a national regulatory scheme that includes the investigation of complaints about prohibited online content, including internet and mobile phone content, and internet gambling services.
ACMA also enforces Australia's anti-spam laws and accepts complaints about unsolicited email messages.
If you have found material on the internet or your mobile phone that you believe may be prohibited under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, you can report it to ACMA. Find out more about prohibited online content and how to complain.
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
A free and independent alternative dispute resolution scheme for small business and residential consumers in Australia with unresolved complaints about their telephone or internet services.
Speedtest.net is a free broadband speed test with servers located all over the world. Speedtest.net measures the performance of your broadband connection. At the end of each test, you are presented with the download (the speed of data from the server to your computer) and upload (the speed of sending data from your computer to the server) bandwidth speeds. The tests are performed completely within your web browser over HTTP (just like normal web browsing).
Dial Before You Dig
Dial Before You Dig is Australia's national referral service for information on underground pipes and cables.
Whirlpool - Australian Broadband News
Whirlpool.net.au is a fully independent, non-commercial, community website, run by a team of unpaid volunteers, which is devoted to keeping the public informed about the state of broadband in Australia.
Do Not Call Register
The register was established in response to community concern about the growth in unsolicited telemarketing calls. It enables Australians to list their fixed line and mobile telephone numbers, used primarily for private or domestic purposes to opt out of receiving certain telemarketing calls.
Registration may take up to 30 days to take effect.
Generally it is against the law to make unsolicited calls to a telephone number listed on the Do Not Call Register. This is subject to some limited exemptions which are outlined below.
Any business that calls a number on the register, or arranges for a call to be made to a number on the register, may be in breach of the legislation and could face penalties.
Are you in an ADSL2+ Exchange area? ADSL2+ Exchanges allows you to check whether your premises is able to access ADSL2+.
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