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There's Still Time To Fix Australia's NBN

It is not too late to change the current direction of Australia’s NBN from one that just meets today’s demands, to one that we need for the future. Former NBN boss Mike Quigley explains what’s wrong with the current model and why we need to change it…


Do Australians Even Care About FTTP Vs FTTN For The NBN?

Since the National Broadband Network (NBN) was first announced, it has stirred up debate among politicians, technology experts and the specialist press about which technologies will best serve the nation. Should we (allegedly) spend more tax payers’ dollars for a superior fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) model that will pay off in the future? Should we stick to the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) approach doggedly pushed by our current government? Or is something in-between required? It seems illogical to be opposed to the “best” technology, but most Australians — the very people the NBN is being built for — simply don’t care.


Opinion: Labor’s NBN Policy Shows It Is Learning From The Coalition's Past Mistakes

Labor’s broadband plan includes few surprises and fulfils Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s commitment to responsibly increase the construction of fibre to the premises (FTTP). At the same time, it would ensure the completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is not delayed further. It also shows the party has listened to the concerns of pundits and factored in their feedback when they developed the NBN policy.


Labor Vs The Coaltion: How Do Their NBN Policies Differ?

As hinted in earlier announcements by Shadow Communications Minister, Jason Clare, Labor’s much-anticipated policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network and transition back to a roll-out of fibre to the premises (FTTP). This was the central pillar of Labor’s original NBN. So how does this compare with the Coalition’s version of the NBN? Let’s have a look.


A Summary And Analysis Of Labor's New NBN Plan

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has been a sore spot for the Federal Government. The Coalition swooped into power in 2013 and wasted no time in dumping Labor’s much-loved fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband plans in favour of the cheaper and slower alternative: fibre-to-the-node (FTTN). Worst. Idea. Ever. With an upcoming election, the Opposition has promised to bring back a FTTP NBN. If you don’t want to read the 33-page document that Labor released (which is mostly full of political rhetoric) here’s a summary of the main points and we take a closer look at some of the details.


Is The NBN Hopelessly Late Or Right On Schedule?

“There has not been a delay of the NBN… Because of Malcolm Turnbull’s management of the NBN, it will all be finished by 2020, not 2024 as Labor was promising, with speeds that people want and need.”

These are the words of Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne during this week’s episode of Q&A on the ABC. Was Christopher Pyne right to say there has been no delay? We take a look at the facts…


Why You Shouldn't Believe The NBN 'Five Movies' Speed Promise

On ABC’s Q&A this week, Christopher Pyne said the Coalition’s multi-technology NBN was fast enough for households to watch “five movies simultaneously”. Disregarding the irony of an innovation minister apparently missing the point of the national broadband network, the position is optimistic at best. Here’s why.


High-Speed Wireless Versus HFC Cable: Which Is Best For NBN?

Australia’s national broadband network continues its roll out with more than 900,000 premises now connected, according to NBN Co’s latest weekly progress report. But Google recently announced the development of high-speed wireless internet connections, which raises the question of which technology is the best for any future broadband network. Here’s the verdict from the Melbourne Networked Society Institute.


Ready Your Routers: Telstra Is Giving Away More Free Data

On Friday, Telstra was hit with another massive network outage that affected hundreds of thousands of customers. It was the fourth service failure from the telco in as many months. As has become par for the course, Telstra will once again offer customers free data as an apology.


Why Aren't More Customers Flocking To The NBN?

The NBN has become an election issue in Australia with claims being made that the Australian public doesn’t want to pay for the higher speed options. Just 15% of consumers have so far opted for speeds of 100 Mbps (Mega bits per second), with the bulk (47%) using the 25 Mbps service and the remaining 33% on the slowest speed of 12 Mbps. In short, customers aren’t buying fast broadband — because that isn’t what they are being sold.


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