[LINK] NBN expectations

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Thu Nov 4 14:10:48 AEDT 2010

I don't know.  Police and Government get unmetered access to youtube and porn?  Why is this a good idea again?  The government, education workers and emergency workers should maybe have unmetered access to anything in Australia.  We might all have that hopefully.  No reason why not in this new virtual world.

Of course this highlights the metering/billing problem.  All the telecoms equipment that is just in there for billing.  Get rid of that and you probably could get rid of, what ... say 60% of the equipment?  80%?

How can you have people by-passing the billing?  Next thing everyone will want to be able to do that.  If it's good enough for government workers it's good enough for the rest of us isn't it?

On 2010/Nov/04, at 1:03 PM, grove at zeta.org.au wrote:

> I have this crazy wild vision of the NBN doing something mad:
> I would like to see it so that if you are a govt worker, academic, teacher, whatever, 
> but in the employ of the education/academic sector, govt service provider and so on 
> that you would be entitled to unmetered premium broadband.
> This could mean that you would still use your ISP to initiate the connection to the Internet, 
> but after that, at some point, you would have some sort of Federated (AAF style) login that you 
> used to access your broadband acct and thus be identified as being eligible.
> This could mean that Doctors, nurses, teachers, police, firies, ambos, anyone in anyway 
> thus affilated with the public service would get an AAF style federated account somewhere, perhaps 
> hosted on an IDP run on their org's behalf or if a uni etc, using theirs.   Possession of such 
> a federated account could then be used to either provide a broadband service directly, or 
> via some sort of arrangement between the govt and the ISP.
> Such federated users would get unmetered/untimed access.   Police etc would have totally 
> free comms, since being emergency workers might get premium access in a disaster situation and so on.
> You could extend this somehow to free/open Mobile comms as well.
> Ok, the whole thing could be open to abuse, but I tend to think that being offered such a privilege 
> for being a PS, would make people treat the service with some respect.     There is a stealth benefit 
> for the govt in terms of tracking, which is probably evil, but I won't discuss that yet.  I want 
> my broadband first.....
> rachel
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