[LINK] Labor commits to $4.5b high-speed Internet network
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Mar 26 12:26:27 AEST 2007
Costello's conjuring versus Rudd's bad policy
Date: March 26 2007
The Sydney Morning Herald
[Generally a decent read, culminating in ...]
The notion that there's a tearing urgency to spread broadband to the
far corners of this sparsely populated continent is an unexamined
proposition being pushed by vested interests in the media industry
and tech-head enthusiasts.
It's not clear we'd miss much by being a late-adopter of broadband
along with that other laggard, the United States. The certain
applications of high-speed broadband are faster downloading of movies
and more playing of video games.
That is, the only certain beneficiary is the entertainment industry
(hence the urgings from media proprietors). All the happy hype about
e-education and e-health is pie in the sky. It will materialise one
day - but by then broadband will have spread without taxpayer subsidy.
So there's not likely to be a lot of productivity enhancement
involved. Nor is it clear there's much to be gained economically from
the taxpayer expense of ensuring every distant country town has
Pandering to the punters' double impatience - their impatience to
soon be able to download things faster - shouldn't be confused with
progress or genuine productivity.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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