You might not be able to get the NBN at home as soon as you want, but the history of networks is a history of faster speeds -- even on copper lines. This infographic highlights some of the main milestones.
Cabling picture from Shutterstock
Produced by Alcatel-Lucent, the diagram emphasises how copper has typically been used for last-mile connections. It would be remiss of us not to point out that while that will still be the case under the Coalition NBN plan for many people, one thing we don't know in many cases is how good (or otherwise) those copper connections are.