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UFB Consent Process Improved

Your fibre dream could now be a reality

Post from Chorus Blog, Oct 12th

Changes to consenting laws may mean your fibre order can now proceed.

If previously your fibre dreams have been thwarted by un-consenting neighbours, now is the time to try again. Recent changes to the Telecommunications Act may mean that this time round the process could be more fruitful.

We know that 40% of the fibre orders placed for properties like those with a shared driveway, in an apartment or townhouse block have been unable to be completed due to issues getting consent. For many, roadblocks like absentee landowners, warring neighbours or even simply not understanding how the process works, have resulted in unsigned forms or no response which in turn determines a declined consent.

But the changes in legislation means that no response is no longer enough to determine your fibre future. Now, when your application is received, we complete a site visit and determine which of the three categories of work needed to connect fibre you fall into. This is determined by the level of impact the work to be undertaken will have on any shared areas of your property and it could mean that no consent is needed at all.

Watch the video below for an overview of how the process works and how we categorise each application dependent on the impact it will have on the surrounding property.

If previously fibre was out of reach due to declined consents, today fibre may now be your future. Contact your broadband provider to get the new process underway.

You can find more information on consent and access here.

Opera Browser

Free VPN in Opera browser

vpn-enabled-popupWith our eyes firmly on security – it seems just about every company is trying to make things easy for users but to the detriment of enterprise security. Dropbox has been getting files in and out of business for years, Chrome has been installed without administrative permissions to bypass enterprise proxies, Opera browser now ships with a built in VPN and has the ability to covertly browse any content monitored and unrestricted, and mask the origin of the user.

Click here to read the official info on opera.com

While home users may agree that Opera is great for personal security, and promising for accessing zone restricted media content across the globe like Netflix, businesses should be concerned.  The digital landscape is changing fast and much of what’s happening in the workplace is driven by convenience and user preferences, bringing their ‘tools’ into the workplace because ‘they need them to work effectively’.  Unfortunately alot of this software can be installed without administrative permissions – allowing users to evade security measures instantly.  If business owners or management cannot control, monitor or audit user activity – this can put them in harms way legally and financially.

VERDICT: Great VPN feature – in a clean fast browser.  Highly recommended for home use, but avoid in the workplace unless your business is to snoop.