[LINK] Battery back-up mandatory for NBN?
Jim.Birch at dhhs.tas.gov.au
Tue Oct 26 10:55:01 EST 2010
David Boxall wrote:
> From my perspective, this whole NBN battery thing is a beat-up. It's
issue only to those who want to highlight any negative, however
nebulous, in fibre to the premises.
Ditto. Wasn't there a phrase "Think Big" floating around at one time?
The idea that we have to emulate POTS forever is whacky. If we have the
NBN and a decent open VOIP system we will get phones that do VOIP where
wifi network is available and mobile otherwise. A single phone. It
could register it's ip address on any available friendly wireless
network and both initiate and receive calls. This could even include
micropayments back to the local network at the cafe, shopping centre, or
light pole. The ONLY reason this doesn't happen NOW is that phone
companies would rather charge big per minute rates for mobile calls.
Skype is often blocked by phone systems now but as consumers we should
be pushing for open ubiquitous networks. I think my 3 year old old
Nokia E51 could do this stuff now, if it had voip systems to plug into.
In the long run, mobile phone spectrum is a precious resource whereas
local wifi and fibre bandwidth is dirt cheap.
Probably the toughest problem is coming up with a low cost granny phone
that does the required voip/mobile flip and is intelligible to the point
of useable to people who might have weak eyes and limited motor
coordination and haven't grown up in the technoworld. ;-)
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