Martin Barry marty at supine.com
Wed Apr 8 10:21:33 AEST 2009

$quoted_author = "grove at zeta.org.au" ;
> One thing that has not been mentioned yet is that this is 
> an opportunity to provision from ground up, a next generation IPV6 network
> which would surely be the only suitable way to manage the new 
> infrastructure.    Hopefully some clever person will make this part 
> of the deliverables in the core specifications.

Actually, the NBN should be no higher than layer 2 which means it's agnostic
to these kind of things.

It will be still be the CPE that will have the most impact on IPv6

> Unlike Munchkin^H^H^H^H^H^H^HMinchin, I don't see why the thing 
> needs to demonstrate a profit, at least not right away.  That's
> a typical conservative mindset.   The social benefits will be 
> much bigger.

I find the need to focus only on the immediate $ impact a bit narrow minded.
This will have far reaching effects into other areas.

> In the end though, however much a supporter I am of the project,
> $46B would also help a good many aborigines and marginalised 
> members of society and USD150M is enough to revive the Aral Sea.

A friend opined that it would be better spent on homeless people.

But this takes an either/or approach to the money earmarked for this
project. The budget is a multi-facet thing and if you want more money for
$PROJECT you can take it off any of the others. The one usually trotted out
is Defense. You could have done a lot with all the $ we spent on those tanks
or the still to delivered JSF.


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