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.
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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.
As Telstra CEO David Thodey and CFO John Stanhope fronted a mob of concerned investors at the company's Investor Day this week, it became clear just how far removed the Telstra of today is compared to the Telstra of a year ago.
As the National Broadband Network pricing debate continues, we should consider which is the most appropriate model for costing a bit that costs virtually nothing to carry.
How well Stephen Conroy handles Telstra's challenge will determine whether we're hurtling towards a great new era in telecommunications, or fated to even more years stuck in the grip of Telstra's well-entrenched market position.
Labor's fibre-to-the-premises NBN was meant to be an act of freedom, a breaking-free from 100 years of copper infrastructure legacy and the start of something new. So why in the world are we still discussing Telstra's copper network?
Now that Minister Stephen Conroy has played his hand regarding Telstra's separation, the hard part begins.