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Dear Lifehacker, I recently had NBN FTTN made available at my house. My questions are: Do I bother signing up for FTTN and get stuck on outdated tech? I realise I shouldn’t complain about getting faster internet, but I feel that getting the FTTN right now is bad timing. Do I hold off for FTTP or fibre to the driveway? If the government changes the plan to roll out FTTP or another type of technology, will I be stuck on FTTN while everyone else gets the latest and greatest? Are there any plans/suggestions that FTTN enabled areas will ever be upgraded if the government changes the rollout plan?
Over the past two decades, the world wide web has massively changed the way we live, communicate and do business. The internet is responsible for trillions of dollars in direct and indirect revenue annually and its importance will only continue to grow. This infographic from Hosting Facts is a fascinating compendium of internet facts and statistics from across the globe; from the country with the highest internet penetration (Bermuda) to the number of active Facebook users in the world (lots).
The Australian chapter of the global Internet Society has urged the government to re-assess its mixed technology model for the National Broadband Network during a Senate inquiry on Friday. Previously technology agnostic, the Internet Australia (IA) organisation changed its tune after the release of new fibre costings. It seems practically everyone wants an FTTP solution now, but will the government actually listen?
In December last year, Internode switched from a tiered plan structure to a single option for its naked broadband offering — 1000GB for $69.99. While a massive shift from Internode’s modus operandi, it syncs with quasi-owner iiNet’s plans, so no real surprises there. However, current Internode users looking to change their plans, it does come with a caveat — all content is metered.
The quality of your Netflix experience is largely dependent on the speed of your internet connection. If things get too slow, you’ll be plagued with crappy resolution and streaming interruptions. The Netflix ISP Speed Index lists Australia’s major internet providers according to Netflix speeds. The overall rankings might surprise you.