[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
> 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
> 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
>> 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.
> PS there were lots of references to the
> Government/Minister being the Shareholder.
Marghanita da Cruz
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