[LINK] RFC: NBN Issues

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Jan 21 18:15:06 AEDT 2010

This was the draft email - which went
out accidentally please read the email
which followed (Thu Jan 21 17:57:45 EST 
Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Roger Clarke wrote:
>> Concerned about several aspects of how the NBN might unfold, I tried 
>> to engage with the relevant executive.
>> I was told it was inappropriate for NBNCo to spend time on this 
>> submission, because she'd have to give equal time to everyone if she 
>> did so.
>> That seems to rather emphasise the point the paper is making.
>> (The relevant exec is Christy Boyce.  Her job-title - perhaps 
>> tellingly - is 'Head of Industry Engagement').
> Yesterday, I attended the briefing on 
> the consultation paper. Christy Boyce 
> chaired the meeting. It was well 
> attended, in terms of BOS.
> The panel comprised:
> christie boyce head-industry engagement
> jamie chard cto office
> matthew lobb ? industry consultation and 
> engagement
> Mike Quigley the CEO also rocked up for 
> question time and answered a few 
> questions - including mine on whether 
> the NBN would be using any custom 
> equipment - apparently vendors were keen 
> to help develop some (or I suggest keen 
> to get paid to be seen to be developing 
> a custom solution) but any such 
> customisation would be kept to a bare 
> minimum.
> Christie Boyce, was apparently the 
> second employee of NBNco but will 
> probably go down in history as the 
> conceiver of a "population replacement 
> program". She was optimistic that those 
> without a need for a 100mbs optical 
> fibre connection would soon die out - or 
> at least would be gone by the time the 
> NBN rolls out in 20 years.
> When Jamie chard finished, he apologised 
> for going into so much detail. Most of 
> the room nearly choked because, all he 
> had done was explain the OSI model and 
> that the NBN would be doing level 1 & 2 
> only. Mike Quigley reemphasised this.
> They also laughed off any suggestion of 
> wireless (though I predict) that the 
> best use of the NBN will be to connect 
> 3G cells.
> There was also an issue of backup in the 
> case of power failures for the Optical 
> Network and the environmental impact of 
> batteries (the current copper network 
> carries sufficient power to keep your 
> phone working during blackcouts). Though 
> the provision of an analog phone port on 
> the Premise termination device seemed to 
> be the risk management plan if the 
> population replacement program failed.
> The development of the NBN is to be a 
> collaborative process, interestingly for 
> me, is it isn't necessarily providing 
> infrastructure, but filling in any gaps.
> This paper is one of a series of 
> consultative papers and it contains 
> specific questions they are seeking 
> input on.
> There was a question about fault 
> resolution and customer support. The 
> idea seems to be that the RSP will deal 
> with this....I guess along the lines of 
> the Optus deal with Virgin as a reseller 
> of their 3G network.
>> As ever, constructively negative criticism gratefully received, and 
>> feel free to pass this on to other appropriate channels.
>>       The National Broadband Network (NBN): Privacy Considerations
>>              http://www.rogerclarke.com/II/NBN-PC-0912.html
>> The NBN holds great promise. It also harbours considerable potential 
>> threats to privacy. There is to date no sign that NBN Co. is engaging 
>> with the issues. It needs to do so.
> The NBN's focus is the development of 
> product specifications and this is where 
> I guess the privacy and other issues can 
> be addressed. But they want submissions 
> and comments on the specific questions 
> in the consultation paper. Though there 
> was a complaint that the questions in 
> the presentation were slightly different.
> The session was videoed and will be made 
> available along with the Melbourne Forum 
> on the NBNCo website.
> I didn't quite understand your stuff 
> about IPV6 as the NBN would respond that 
> this is an issue for the RSP (layer 3 
> and above) not them. Based on their 
> market analysis (UK and Singapore got a 
> mention) layer 1 & 2 is the gap they 
> need to fill.
> Marghanita
> PS there were lots of references to the 
> Government/Minister being the Shareholder.

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: 0414-869202

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