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Data Cabling in Australia - The not so free and lucky country

It might surprise you to know that making your own ethernet patch leads, cabling up ethernet sockets, in-wall or not, if, any part of it is, or can be, used on a telecommunications network, including accessing the Internet via any means at all - inclding any RF means, such as WiFi, 3G etc, is, in our wonderfully over-regulated nanny-state country, illegal.

This was however once legal, until changes were pushed (likely by industry), and the Cabling Provider Rules were introduced, previous to the CPR, there existed the Digital Data Exemption, which amongst many things made it legal for anyone to carry out such activities, paid, or hobbyist, and had been in place since 1989.


This is a response from the ACMA:

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