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August 23, 2005

Well, now. I've finally connected up to ADSL-2 and I have wireless connections inside the house for the laptop. Hopefully, things might start to get back to normal after the makeship arrangements of the last two and half weeks.

Reconnecting in the world of public policy is not just all about that monkey business and smoke around Telstra, hotwiring the bush, the Future Fund, lower share price and Telstra's threats of a campaign against regulatory restraints. Saint has a lot more on this.

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It is also about telecomunications, urban living, and the usability of information technology in our everyday lives, now that we are on the net and using broadband. Just on, really, as Australia has high broadband prices, low levels of investment, low broadband penetration, poor infrastructure and lots of reselling.

Telstra is holding the development of broadband back. It lags behind its competitors in investing in brodaband, mobile, wireless technologies. It is not an innovative company, which offers equality of access to its copper wire networks and places the emphasis on the new opportunities of the emerging technology markets.

Alas, Canberra does see telecomunicatons as a way to drive economic growth and to obtain productivity gains in the economy. Since it has not prevented telcoes from own cable TY networks, so it has not created competition between two broadband delivery platforms. Since Canberra has not set stringent access requirements to Telstra's copper wire networks Telstra refuses to provide access to its monopoly copper network built with taxpayers money at rates that ensure competitor's profitability.

Opportunities do exist for innovative telcoes. Usability is crucial for consumers as we do not want to sit at a desk all day being force feed the advertisments of marketeers targeting our consumer behaviour. Could we not have some sort of commitment to free wi-fi in the provincal cities such as Adelaide? That doesn't take much to achieve does it? We do need connection amongst one another through the internet from a variety of small portable devices.

Don't expect Telstra to break new ground. It still continues to act as the 800 pound gorilla in the marketplace.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:29 PM | | Comments (0)
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