Saturday 24th of February 2024

don't leave these clowns in charge of anything...



The National Broadband Network (NBN) was meant to be a nation building project that positioned Australia as a leader in the global digital economy, but it has become a political football and as every day passes, Australia’s future prospects in the global digital economy are diminishing.

Having won the September 2013 Federal Election, the Abbott Coalition Government was quick off the blocks and by the end of the year NBN Co was a shadow of its former self having been given the task of rolling out a second rate network. To ensure that the Government’s plan would be followed to the letter the management team was replaced.

Having failed to gain a bipartisan approach to the NBN, the former Labor Government made a number of mistakes in the lead up to the project commencing in 2010 and foremost among the mistakes was failing to put in place reasonable measures to prevent a future Coalition Government from taking steps to “demolish the NBN” in the light of Abbott’s instructions to Turnbull in September 2010.

But who would have guessed that Malcolm Turnbull, future Prime Minister and former chairman of Internet Service Provider (ISP) OzEmail would have come up with such a regressive plan for the NBN as that presented as Coalition policy in July 2013.

In 2010 Mr Abbott stated that “the [Labor] Government is going to invest $43 billion worth of hard-earned money in what I believe is going to turn out to be a white elephant on a massive scale.”

Today we see that the Coalition’s efforts to “demolish the NBN” will cost $56 billion and rising and for this extraordinary amount of money, Australians will receive a second rate NBN with obsolete technologies being used for much of it.

Of concern to the telecommunications industry has been the approximately $3 billion financial windfall that Telstra has enjoyed since the Coalition government implemented its plan to “demolish the NBN”. One of the original goals of the NBN was to level the playing field, to create an open and fair competitive broadband market and the Coalition has done everything possible to undermine this outcome.

Leaks have been coming out of NBN Co from the very beginning, and it would be easy to attribute this to the lack of a bipartisan approach to building the NBN, but there is a need to account for the fact that the NBN was an ambitious effort to change Australia’s telecommunications market and there will always be some that think it is in the public interest to leak information that is being sat on for various reasons.

When the Coalition Government took office there were promises by Turnbull, who was the Minister for Communications at the time, of increased transparency and a business-like approach at NBN Co. In reality, NBN Co set about implementing a draconian approach to information security.

The key reason why the Government is concerned about the leaks is the apparent disparity between what official NBN Co reports present and what the leaks tell us. On many occasions, experts have questioned the figures in the official NBN Co reports drawing upon evidence from around the world and more recently from across the ditch where New Zealand is now laughing at Australia as it moves forward with its Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) rollout.

In an effort to “stop the leaks” NBN Co referred the problem to the Australian Federal Police in December 2015 after NBN Co failed to identify who was leaking the reports. NBN Co informed the Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield.

This is where this matter becomes Machiavellian, because Fifield appears to have claimed that he did not notify the other NBN Co shareholder Finance Minister Matthias Cormann nor his boss Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the investigation. This is right out ofYes Minister.

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an idiot in charge of the future...


On ABC's Q&A this week Christopher Pyne said the Coalition's multi-technology NBN, with its remit to provide access to download speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) to all Australians, was fast enough for households to watch five movies simultaneously.
Australians just do not need the lightning fast speeds of fibre-to-the-home, as the former Labor NBN model preferred, Pyne opined.
In an ideal world where everyone gets a perfect 25Mbps connection, his claim stacks up (based on Netflix's connection speed recommendations and 5Mbps per stream).

25Mbps … some of the time
NBN's charge to give Australians access to 25Mbps internet speeds actually refers to wholesale speeds, which it sells in a range of speed tiers.
To meet its service level agreements, NBN must hit a stated peak speed just once in a 24-hour period.
That's right: it's contractually obliged to deliver its service speeds ... just once a day.
We can assume NBN will generally deliver above and beyond this minuscule requirement, but the company was not able to provide Fairfax with any data on its performance here.

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These are the speed requirement of TODAY. When the CONservative (Liberals) clowns' NBN will be operational, faster internet WILL BE NEEDED.  Pyne is an idiot. 





When Australians are given the choice between the fastest broadband speeds available or more affordable broadband that meets their needs, what are they choosing?

Overwhelmingly, they are voting with their wallets and choosing more affordable internet plans that deliver the services they are after.


The fact is, Labor does not understand the distinction between price and speed, and they simply do not care. Under Labor, Australians would all pay more for broadband, either through higher internet bills or through higher taxes.

By rolling out the NBN more quickly and at less cost, Australian families pay less for their internet – and this is the government's objective: to deliver universal high speed broadband as soon as possible at the lowest possible cost.

Mitch Fifield is Communications Minister.


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"Happy to pay for the service they are after"? What crappo is that? Fifield is trying to mask the fact that some people won't be able to get what all Australians should have access to: a faster internet delivered by fibre-to-the-home. As well, the demand for "slower" cheap speed now will be superseded by demand for higher speed in five years, ten years. The system that Malcolm and Fifield are building is limited by the fibre-to-the-node followed by a hybrid technology that links this to the old local copper network, that on average is in near clapped-out condition. Replacing this copper with more new copper is stupid old technology, MORE expensive and is technologically inane, than going full FTTH...

Most of the cost of this Malcolm erzast NBN are paid now but someone will have to pay far more when more demand is placed on this already saturated inferior FFTN system. At this level Labor understands price and speed. The Libs only see that a steam engine can deliver a pleasant (vaguely cheeper — not really) journey because the single minded track can't take a faster locomotive — and you should be happy about that you might get where you want in the long run... Happy? Bullocks!... See toon at top: The Sydney Harbour Bridge build cheaper by the experts of the Liberal (CONservative) Party