Australia's broadband legislation 'promising'; European Commission challenges Spain's telecom tax

> Central Nebraska integrated communications provider Consolidated Telephone will use ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 MSAP in its migration from its legacy network to next generation services. News release.

> Changes to the unbundled local loop (ULL) and a "promising atmosphere of cooperation" means Australia's broadband market is ripe for increased competition, says a Research and Markets report. News release.

> The 9th Street Boys & Girls' Club in Roanoke, Va. is dedicating a new technology center today. Cox Communications played a significant role in its creation, donating computers, software, design applications and other items. News release.

> Mobile VoIP provider fring has selected Gate2Shop for online payments, along with its customized payment solution which provides a seamless one-click payment integration and allows customers to use credit or debit cards. News release.

> The European Commission is not happy with Spain's proposed new legislation adding taxes to telecom operators to fund RTVE, the corporation that runs the country's public radio and television stations, Telegeography reports. The Spanish government has two months to amend the legislation the EC calls "incompatible with EU standards." Story.

> In other Telegeography news, Egypt's government isn't offering any new licenses for fixed or mobile services before 2013. Story.

> The Marconi Symposium is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Menlo Park, Calif., and will feature a number of Silicon Valley inventors presenting ideas on how to foster creative environments. News release.

And finally... Changing his stance on net neutrality regulation has brought Rep. Henry Waxman under fire from some sectors, says The Raw Story. The congressman put forward legislative text prohibiting the FCC from regulating broadband Internet under Title II of the Communications Act but also containing key parts of the recent Google-Verizon net neutrality proposal. Opponents say the text doesn't do enough to stop providers from discriminating against lawful but unwanted traffic. Story.

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