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The Coalition proposal for a fibre-to-the-node National Broadband Network (NBN) is projected to cost $30 billion -- a figure that's lower than the currently active Labor version because it doesn't require a connection to every home. It's an approach that's cheaper but develops a less-comprehensive infrastructure that might require expensive upgrading later. The irony is that there's a fairly straightforward way within its existing policies that the Coalition could come up with the extra funds.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


In the wake of Kevin Rudd's return to leading the Labor Party, communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy has resigned from the front bench. We're going to see endless speculation on what this means for the National Broadband Network (NBN), adding to the existing speculation about whether the alternative Coalition plan is feasible. From a technology user perspective, the key thing to remember is this: we no longer live in a landscape where cancelling the NBN is a probable outcome, and that's something to be grateful for.


Right now, the maximum speed for a consumer connected to the fibre portion of National Broadband Network (NBN) is 100Mbps for downloads and 40Mbps for upload. NBN Co today announced that it will begin offering a series of products that run up to 10 times that speed later this year. Anyone for gigabit?


The Liberal/National Coalition has finally announced its official National Broadband Network (NBN) policy, confirming its preference for fibre to the premises and claiming it can deliver this faster than the current Labor plan, without actually making good on earlier threats to dismantle NBN Co entirely. What are the key elements of the Coalition plan, and what aspects remain undiscussed and vague? This is Lifehacker's comprehensive guide.