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FibreCo Queensland officially established with first board members

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FibreCo Qld given AU$8.6m to establish state-owned fibre backhaul
The Queensland government will be spending the cash over two years to stand-up the state-owned entity.

The Queensland government-owned fibre backhaul provider, FibreCo Queensland, has been officially established this week with its first two board appointments.

Taking their seats will be Energy Queensland company secretary Jane Nant and Powerlink CEO Merryn York, whose companies are responsible for operating FibreCo. The chair and independent directors will be named in the coming weeks, the government said.

FibreCo was first announced at the end of last year, and created to make use of extra capacity on the state’s existing 6,000 kilometres of fibre cabling. FibreCo will act as a wholesaler and sell connectivity to ISPs.

The network will target regional areas and is slated to be available across Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, and Mackay.

“By using the government’s fibre optic network, we can provide significantly greater capacity than what’s currently available in regional Queensland,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said previously.

“Currently, Telstra and Optus dominate the wholesale market in regional Queensland, and this makes it harder for new players to get on the scene.”

In the state’s recent Budget, FibreCo was handed AU$8.6 million for the 2019-20 financial year.

Minister for Small Business Shannon Fentiman said on Tuesday the network would be a win for small businesses.

“Internet is vital to small businesses, particularly in regional Queensland — that’s why we’re establishing FibreCo to make best use of assets that are owned by the taxpayer,” she said.

“There’s no denying that the federal government’s National Broadband Network has fallen short. We hope this initiative helps to pick up the slack.”

The government added that FibreCo’s office would be set up in August at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley, which in 2018 received part of AU$50 million over five years to be the state’s startup hub.

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Today’s Wordle Answer #472 – October 4, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle (#472 – October 4, 2022) is bough, which is what you call a branch, especially the main branch, of a tree. The word bough has roots (no pun intended) in the Old English word “bōg,” which means shoulder, similar to Old High German’s “buog,” which means the same thing (via Etymonline). There’s a popular Roman myth about the Golden Bough, which is a tree branch with golden leaves that enabled the trojan hero Aeneas to travel safely through the land of the dead. 

We solved the puzzle in three tries today, kicking things off with an expert-endorsed starter word, slate. We tried the word brush next, which turned out to be a really lucky guess with three green tiles. The answer was apparent by the third guess, and since we also solved the puzzle in three guesses yesterday, that begins a three-try streak that we hope we can continue tomorrow!

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How To Display iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island On Any Android Device

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You can also choose whether to display the cutout at the center of the display (for hole-punch cameras on the center of the display) or on the left for cameras placed in the corner. Remember that as you increase or decrease the cutout size, the icons shown in it will also scale to match. Thankfully, the app gives you a preview of the cutout when you are changing the settings.

You can also modify gestures such as single tap or long press. Dynamic Spot also allows you to change the default time, after which the pop-up automatically disappears. Additionally, you can fiddle with a lot of appearance-related settings, such as the animation when the Dynamic Island clone pops up or unfolds.

Just as on the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Spot on your Android app will show the app icon when a new notification arrives. You may selectively choose which apps display the notifications or allow all apps of them. You can also tap on the app’s icon to open the notification or long-press the icon to preview the notification.

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The 10 Wildest Features Of The Mercedes Maybach Off-Roader

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Sustainability is a word on every car manufacturer’s radar right now, with more focus being given to the idea of eco-friendly vehicles than ever before. The Off-Roader plays into that theme by featuring a prominent set of solar panels mounted on its hood, which could be used to generate power to extend the range of the car. It’s worth pointing out that this is all hypothetical, as the show car is non-functional, and has no drivetrain. Mercedes is keen to stress, though, that if the car did have a drivetrain, it would be all-electric, although no detail is given on the power or range that would be available to drivers.

The solar panels are interwoven with yet more Maybach logos, and their tinted finish makes them blend in almost seamlessly with the rest of the hood. It’s been pointed out by industry analysts that adding solar panels to cars is not always as environmentally friendly as it might seem, as the panels are only able to generate a very small amount of power. That power can easily be consumed by the added A/C strain caused by parking a car out in the sun all day to charge it. Car-mounted solar panels might be a flawed idea in practice, but even so, it’s interesting to see how Abloh was able to inconspicuously add them in without compromising the overall look of the car.

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