Facebook slams media code, Telstra blasts spectrum deal: Vertical Hold Ep 312

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It’s a week where the big players — locally and internationally — aren’t exactly happy with where Australian tech legislation appears to be heading. Facebook’s finally speaking up — and out against — the digital media code, while simultaneously trying to claim that it somehow doesn’t do business in Australia.

Yeah, that is as weird as it sounds. Meanwhile, Google’s conducting “experiments” with how it shows Australian news content, but is this just innocent search research, or something more sinister?

In the telco space, the spectrum auction is imminent, but not everyone is lining up with quite the same intentions. Telstra wants an open auction with a winner-takes-all methodology, but TPG and Optus want guaranteed spectrum to aid in competition. Who’s in the right when it comes to public spectrum — and does the reality of the communication minister’s former employment make it even messier?

Our special guest this week is  Finder editor-in-chief Angus Kidman

Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News – podcast hosts Adam Turner and Alex Kidman speak to Australia’s leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week.


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