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April 9, 2013

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that we increasingly live in an information and service economy, not a manufacturing economy of industrial cycles, business needs, tooling costs, central distribution networks, planned obsolescence, seemingly abundant natural and synthetic resources and tghe poisoned industrial urbanscapes of heavy industry.

PopeDNBNhybrid.jpg David Pope

We see the impact of these changes not only in the ravage and rot of former industrial cities but also in the rhizomatic boom in edge-city development and sprawl. We increasingly work, live and play within a technological, economic, and cultural infrastructure that has long moved on from its industrial base. Australia's future is tied into communications and technology connecting new industries and global markets, thereby making high speed internet a key economic development issue.

The Coalition has dragged its heels on acknowledging this fundamental economic shift. It's initial position was a Luddite one and it has taken 5 years to come up with its second rate policy for high speed broadband infrastructure--- fibre optic cable to the node, which then relies on old, dodgy copper wiring for the last kilometer from the node to the premises.

They talk about is the cost to build the network not about the benefits the NBN could offer Australia’s digital economy, even though the digital economy, as the only likely growth sector that can complement, and ultimately replace, the mining industry as a key economic driver. As Peter Gerrand points out:

The digital economy is already a larger employer than the mining industry, and it has the advantages of providing a much greater diversity of highly paid, high-value jobs, which can be teleworked virtually across Australia – given enough access bandwidth.

The Coalition's claim is that their quick-fix proposal is better than Labor's fibre to the home because it is cheaper and its much lower upload speeds is all that we need.

These will be unusable in the future, and we will be marooned indefinitely on copper and on the equivalent of ADSL. Turnbull knows that the Coalition are building something that will be obsolete on the day that it’s built. So we are being offered a quick and dirty policy.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:43 PM | | Comments (8)


Hmmm.. looks like a Holden.
I thought this morning on it being a bit degrading, Malcolm doing the oaf's selling and explaining for him.

The Coalition political smokescreen for its dodgy NBN policy is that the current NBN as being needlessly gold-plated, incompetently managed, and ridiculously tardy in meeting Australia’s real needs for broadband.

"we will be marooned indefinitely on copper and on the equivalent of ADSL."

User pays at this point.

Turnbull has acknowledged that homeowners and some businesses wanting the fastest possible internet access would have to pay thousands of dollars to upgrade their home from a neighbourhood fibre to the node connection, to having a fibre internet connection direct into their homes.

Terry Percival makes a good point:

Data will drive Australia’s future economy. As Australia transitions into a more internet-based economy, how data is used, exchanged, uploaded and downloaded will become more important – whether it’s for large or small businesses at home, providing home health services and consultations or making better use of collective infrastructure like smart grids to save power.

This is what the Coalition ignores. If you’re using copper to deliver broadband to the home, it’s almost impossible to conceive of it going above 100 megabits per second. Moreover, the copper network is decades old, and deteriorating.

this is a two-tier network – with most homes getting fibre to the node and a few others getting the much faster alternative

The Coalition's "initial position was a Luddite one "

They started off saying they were dismantling the whole thing--remember Abbott's slogan---"stop the boats" and "dump the tax" and destroy the NBN.

"the copper network is decades old, and deteriorating."

Back in 2003, Telstra managers told Senate Estimates that the old copper network was on its last legs. "We are at five minutes to midnight," said Tony Warren. Being generous, he gave it 10-15 years.

Fox Sports studios hosted the Coalition's announcement.Why? because for News Ltd's Fox Sports – indeed all holders of broadcast licences – the policy was gold.

The internet won't steal TV any time soon because it's too slow for video.The Coalitions pays back Murdoch for his support.