As we all know, Stephen Conroy has been proposing some monumentally stupid and short-sighted Internet legislation in the past week, but alongside the ridiculous censorship posturing, there’s actually one sensible legislative proposal that’s emerged this week: a plan to make it compulsory for all new developments to have fibre optic networks for all communications cabling.
Fibre optic networks will play a crucial part in the National Broadband Network. As much as Senator Conroy deserves criticism (and a sustained series of snail mail communications) over the censorship rubbish, the notion of ensuring new buildings aren’t built to old standards is one pretty much anyone could back. (There are already forward-thinking housing estates with fibre to the premises courtesy of Internode and iiNet.) Draft legislation to make that happen was released this week, and will come into effect from the beginning of July if it passes.