The NBN has never lacked critics arguing that it will be too expensive and will be irrelevant for millions of Australians already serviced through other means. Yet even as ACMA reports an explosion in wireless broadband, can we assume this growth dilutes the case for the NBN? Some have, but not all are convinced.
A view from the trenches of Australian telecommunications. As the name implies, it’s a two-way conversation and we ask you not to pull any punches ... we won’t.
Australia’s first-world economy relies on first-rate IT and telecommunications innovation. David Braue, an award-winning IT journalist and former Macworld editor, covers its challenges, successes and lessons learned as it uses ICT to assert its leadership in the developing Asia-Pacific region – and strengthen its reputation on the world stage.
Most people head to the beach for the sun and sand, but I had an ulterior motive one day earlier this month as I headed out to beautiful Tootgarook Beach on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula: I needed coverage - and I'm not talking about sunscreen.
The best thing about 2010 is that it's an election year, and the worst thing about 2010 is that it's an election year. Pressed to deliver concrete results to push their case with voters, KevAgainIn10 and Stephen Conroy will do their damnedest to progress the NBN, Telstra separation, the digital TV switchover — and the hated internet filter. But can the Opposition parry?
Stephen Conroy and Telstra's negotiations "update" seems to offer little more substance than the recent Copenhagen climate talks.
Conroy's blind adherence to his net filtering plan will abandon net neutrality ideals and push ISPs down a slippery slope of unprecedented responsibility for a callously politicised Australian internet.
Faced with a renewed threat in newly-appointed Tony Abbott and unknown-quantity communications portfolio ankle-biter Tony Smith, Stephen Conroy responded this week in the way any politician would: he gave lots, and lots, and lots of speeches.
When your broadband speeds are limited to 38Kbps it's not hard to join the ranks of people demanding the NBN already. Telstra's copper network is a renovator's delight.
Five consecutive days without broadband has led me to what seemed at the time to be an act of desperation: contemplating signing up for Telstra's 100Mbps cable modem service.
Telstra and TransACT will shortly begin offering 100Mbps broadband to many customers. By moving early, the companies have not only raised the bar for Australia's broadband services, but thrown down a challenge to a government that now faces increased pressure to deliver the NBN as promised.
It was interesting to witness Conroy's recent enthusiasm to spruik the NBN's role in supporting the Smart Grid, Smart City initiative. What a pity that Conroy hadn't yet seen the damning report from the Victorian auditor-general about that state's smart-meter roll-out.