[LINK] Lag will set our broadband back: expert
wavey_one at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 6 11:08:01 AEST 2009
Given that laying cable for broadband is a key piece of infrastructure, I'd have much more confidence in the government getting it right and at least managing the project than the private sector. The private sector's track record in such issues is pretty poor.
----- Original Message ----
> From: Jan Whitaker <jwhit at melbpc.org.au>
> To: link <link at anu.edu.au>
> Sent: Sunday, 5 July, 2009 9:45:59 PM
> Subject: Re: [LINK] Lag will set our broadband back: expert
> At 09:11 PM 5/07/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> >Their focus now is upon smart ICT [information communication
> >and technology] to solve what they call society's problems. I think the
> >challenge the Government's going to have is how does it roll out a
> >network and also do what the Japanese are doing now, which is focussing
> >on the applications and the services, and what do you use the network for?
> >"The Japanese manage to do it in two stages - let's build it and work
> >out how we're going to use it to solve problems.
> >"I think Australia's going to have to do both at the same time."
> Who says we need the government to do the centralised Japanese thing
> of what to use the network for? Isn't *that* the realm of 'the
> market'? Seems like we've come a long way on the net by letting the
> users and content providers and application presenters just get on
> with it. The government didn't 'fill' the net with content, and in
> fact was one of the laggards in both the US and Australia.
> Just build the damn thing!!
> And if Twomey thinks they govt should be doing both, he shouldn't be
> hired for the project.
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