[LINK] Benefits of a digital economy enabled by the National Broadband Network

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sat Sep 18 17:24:18 EST 2010

  On 18/09/10 5:14 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> <snip>
>> One thing that mystifies me is that nobody has tried to quantify the 
>> potential value of the NBN to non-Internet wholesale markets, of 
>> which there are many. But there's no longer any point trying to 
>> inject sanity into the debate: it's so debased by both sides of 
>> politics that any statement, even if it's boringly factual, is 
>> denounced as being a political marker. It's as if your opinion on the 
>> existence of gravity were somehow related to your political alignment.
>> <snip>
> Another benefit is the opportunity to create a National
> Electricity Distribution Network  in parallel with the
> NBN. A National  Electricity grid, will allow for small
> scale Wind and Solar input to the grid.
> And a couple of questions about the proposed NBN:
> If cables are going to criss cross the country are
> they better above or below ground?
Below is preferable if possible; that's not a problem if Telstra is 
going to let NBN Co have duct access.
> Satellite has been mentioned as part of the NBN,
> though should the latency make it unacceptable for
> interactive Internet access?
Indeed; but there will remain a few places too remote for fibre access. 
Satellite is the access technology of last resort in this context.

>> Satellite Internet access
>>     This article is missing information about concepts and recent 
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>> page where it may be discussed whether or not to include such 
>> information. (March 2008)
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>> Satellite Internet access is Internet access provided through 
>> satellites. The service can be provided to users world-wide through 
>> Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Geostationary satellites can offer 
>> higher data speeds, but their signals can not reach some polar 
>> regions of the world. Different types of satellite systems have a 
>> wide range of different features and technical limitations, which can 
>> greatly affect their usefulness and performance in specific 
>> applications.
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satellite_Internet_access>
> Marghanita

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