[LINK] (Fwd) Telstra's plans for one small rural area.
Thu, 07 Nov 2002 20:25:15 +1100
Two weeks since Phil Lammert promised me information:
<http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~dddab/audio/20021024.mp3>, a letter
arrives. Signed by Phil - looks promising:
"Did you know Telstra is working hard for you in your area to give
you an Internet service that suits your needs?
Telstra BigPond(TM) Home Dial-up Internet gives you dial-up access
from a fixed phone" ... - a sales speil.
There was also a CD-ROM. Has Telstra taken over from AOL as suppiler
of shiny trinkets?
Looks like I'm not going to get any information out of Telstra, after
all. That doesn't surprise me. Getting information from Telstra has
always been like pulling teeth. In Telstra's case, the teeth of a
Last time, I was told that the information I requested wasn't
available. The CEPU submission to the senate ecita inquiry confirms
that Telstra's records leave much to be desired, so I guess that's
As one of the owners of the network, I feel entitled to information
about it. Shouldn't the information that is available be freely so,
I've been told that the most cost effective solution for my area
would be something called C-MUX. The only reference I found (apart
from the CEPU submission) was a page from Korea that was far too
heavy for my bandwidth. Comments/suggestions on the idea would be
From: David Boxall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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To: Boxall, David
Cc: Phil Lammert; Col Gillespie; Australian Consumers' Association;
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Subject: RE: [LINK] (Fwd) Telstra's plans for one small rural area.
Still no response of any substance from Telstra.
On Fri, 1 Nov 2002, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> (Ouch!!! $3k for a PC?
Not as bad as it sounds. The system in question included two
printers (laser & ink jet) and a scanner.
> if the fibre were interrupted to terminate (say) a DSLAM,
> the users may still be out of reach. And (in this scenario)
> the DSLAM would be more expensive than in suburbia: it
> needs power (and power backup), and it needs to be outdoor
> hardened, etc.
If it makes any difference, there's already a RAM-8 in the line. I
gather that needs a 300 volt power supply, so that much of the
infrastructure is already in place.
For background, see:
David Boxall | The more I learn
firstname.lastname@example.org | The more I realise
| How little I know