[LINK] Please support the Broadband network
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Wed Apr 8 18:46:07 AEST 2009
Dear Senator Fielding,
As a Victorian, I ask you to support the development of the National
Broadband Network and not get in the way when the legislation is
presented in the Senate soon. The country needs this development for
productivity improvement and 21st century communication capability.
It is the sort of development that neither Telstra nor any other
individual telco will ever do on its own. This is a way to break the
Telstra monopoly and DRIVE COSTS DOWN for consumers. Services will no
longer be patchy and inconsistent. Consumers will have choice. Small
businesses will be able to finally participate in online e-commerce reliably.
Those with technical knowledge with whom I communicate daily have
informed me that restricted access to broadband now experienced in
many areas of the state will no longer be a problem. Fibre optic
connections can function across many kilometers between the
house/school/small business and the collective node. You may be aware
that one of the drawbacks in the current copper network is the need
for the customer to live within a certain distance of the central
office or DSLAM for the service to be possible with ADSL. Fibre
removes that short distance limitation. We also have the problem of
RIM and other installed copper connections that will be overcome by
this new network.
It has also been mentioned in some reports that 'wireless' is an
acceptable alternative. That is not true. There is no positive
comparison of the two technologies. There are limits in wireless
capacity due to the frequencies available that are far below that of
Fibre optics is also a proven technology. Glass as a transmission
medium has been around for many years. I personally spliced a fibre
optic cable at their early development stages in the 1980s. Any
advances can be achieved at the end equipment, with no need to
replace the cabling itself
The network won't happen immediately. It will develop over time. The
cost of the network provided by tax payers is NOT the full
$42billion. That reporting in the media is just wrong and misleading.
It is also a misrepresentation, as I heard you say, that the funds
are just more 'debt'. Bonds are for capital investment.
Communications systems of this type are public capital investments,
like a road, a bridge, a train line, or a port, investments that
governments are expected to provide.
Senator, please do not react in a kneejerk fashion without proper
advice from those who understand and have the expertise. I suggest
that the spokesman for the Opposition, your colleague Senator
Minchin, is not that person. In his interview last night on Lateline
he equated the network to a "phone company". That is the language of
someone living in the 1980s. We are well past that. Unfortunately,
Senator Minchin obviously is not.
Senator Fielding, please add a voice of support for this visionary,
exciting, and greatly needed investment for all Australians.
[address supplied in former communications]
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
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