Why an NBN?
- An NBN is the single most important Strategic Infrastructure for Australia:
- for national security,
- for current and future Economic performance by enabling Productivity growth across the economy, and
- allowing us to develop and export high-value Knowledge Worker Services.
- We one chance to get a future-proof NBN and its now. If direct Fibre isn't rolled out in the initial deployment, it never will be. The Alice Springs to Darwin railway was promised for a century. Cable TV was delayed in Australia by forty years. When it came, only 25% of the nation was covered and that's it, forever.
- Both sides of politics aren't offering what the public wants and needs, but like the Republic referendum, are offering some bastardised version driven by their ideological agenda.
Defining a National Broadband Network:
These are what I consider are the mandatory elements of an NBN, providing a level playing-field for Retail Suppliers and certainty for consumers, especially businesses.
- Universal: every business and household has equal/reasonable access.
- Pure-digital versus hybrid: optimise networks and allow end-to-end control & administration.
- Upgradeable: being able to supply, on a cost-plus basis, consumer need & demand is essential to enable maximum utility and value-add from the service.
- Common user facilities: minimum standard connections for Customer Equipment is necessary for both suppliers and customers.
- Guaranteed service levels: access speeds, latency, peak-hour throughput and traffic prioritisation.
- I'm happy with the broadband service I've got.
- If you've never experienced high-rate services, how do you know what you're missing?
- If your only benchmark is your service, it's an uniformed viewpoint.
- How can you argue against something better for the same price?
- There are a very large number of people who have grossly inadequate broadband services.
- To upgrade the worst services, the whole network needs upgrading, you included.
- The last broadband speed upgrade was ADSL2 around 10 years ago. High-end users have been looking for better solutions for at least 7 years. This failure to act has severely curtailed business.
- I don't want to subsidise people who want mega-speeds.
- That's the opposite of how it works! High-end users subside the rest of us with their galloping increase in download.
- The NBN Co plan is based on halving the price of downloads every 3 years. Whether you download or not, everybody benefits by collective increased usage.
Problems with Coalition Plan
The media has swallowed and uncritically regurgitated the completely non-credible figures and claims by the Coalition.
Whilst the Coalition loudly spruiks VDSL2 as a well-proven & economic technology, it fails to address a very curious and unsettling question:
If VDSL2 & nodes were so very good and economically viable, Why, since 2005, has only one new large development (1400 Appts in Adelaide CBD) been fitted with VDSL2? (Apartment blocks are the cheapest and most profitable Telco installations possible)The answer is simple: private ISP's & Telcos are not fools, they've run the numbers & they don't work. If VDSL2 + nodes were technically and economically feasible, then with 300,000 apartments constructed between 2006 and 2012, a lot more than 1,400 would've been connected and you'd expect the 5-6 ADSL2 providers to all be involved. VDSL2 hasn't been economic in Australia, why is it economic now?
The biggest misrepresentation is that it's NOT a plan for a Broadband network any more than a phone network or Cable TV was. The Coalition VDSL/FTTN plan is for a hybrid telephone/DSL network not a pure-digital network like all three other Access Networks being built.
The true value of dependable, fast broadband is how it saves or substitutes for time, allows you to accomplish very much more in the same time or allows you to do completely new or previously impossible things.
With reliable, low latency broadband, everyone has HD video calls and teleconferencing available for no extra cost. You can mostly substitute travel, parking, queueing and waiting in appointments with professional/services with a video call.
For people with mobility problems, they can stay in contact with friends & family easily and for no extra cost. Aged care and community nursing becomes much simpler, more frequent and more efficient, providing better care, lower healthcare costs and much better patient outcomes.
For those separated by distance, HD video calls means they can maintain important relationships, for no extra cost.
These are links, in reverse date-order, to posts published prior to the 2013 election.
A simple coloured tagging of the content has been added.