[LINK] Battery back-up mandatory for NBN?
brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Oct 28 10:06:49 EST 2010
On 28/10/2010 9:20 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> My view is that the NBN is intended to replace the current telephone
No it isn't. The NBN will be offering new and different services that
have nothing to do with the current telephone service. And as has been
pointed out by Paul Brooks, the current line-power for telephone
handsets when the mains power has failed is not a requirement of the
The issue is that the NBN will, in addition to it's stated purpose be
used for voice communication.
> and will become even more essential to the community, so it
> needs to be available when the mains power fails.
That's a statement that needs to be validated. Has it been?
Isn't it logical that, if all the other equipment in the premises also
fail, then what's the point of having the NBN up and running? Voice
communication might be useful for some and in some circumstance be
highly beneficial but it's not a major objective of the NBN .
I agree with Paul Brooks' post on 27/10/2010 at 11:07 AM
> Those who want or need power backup can certainly have it.
> Those that don't feel they need it, don't need to pollute
> the planet with batteries they don't need.
This issue reminds me of the "it is necessary for a man to walk in front
of each car and to carry a red flag, for safety reasons" solution to the
perceived problem of "dangerous cars".
As I said in another context, "Like solving any problem, any solution
(especially simplistic solutions) is likely to cause new problems." The
mandatory battery solution is likely to cause more problems than it solves.
One of the problems it could well cause is the raising of false
expectations. An example is with the recent Tsunami
Indonesian tsunami warning system 'was not working'
Villagers in Indonesia were not warned of an approaching tsunami because
the alert system out at sea had been vandalised, according to an
official, as the death toll rose to 282 with more than 400 people still
Another simplistic solution that did not work but which gave some people
a false sense of security.
email: brd at iimetro.com.au
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