[LINK] Wireless Internet Popular in Australia

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Tue Sep 21 16:20:58 EST 2010


On 2010/Sep/21, at 3:56 PM, Stilgherrian wrote:

> On 21/09/2010, at 3:45 PM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> There is, now that I think of it, another reasoning behind the Magic
>> Wireless Fairy promotional cant: one subscription per user. Wireless
>> isn't just more expensive (per byte) than fixed; it also has a larger
>> total available market than fixed. That's definitely a good reason to
>> keep up the lobbying pressure to drop the NBN.
>
> This only makes sense in the mobile wireless broadband market rather  
> than fixed wireless. Fixed wireless wuld still be per-household.
>
> But...
>
> Moving to mobile wireless on an account-per-human basis, or an  
> account-per-device, also means that you're able to track individual  
> usage much more easily because each IP address is associated with an  
> individual human's device with less doubt than when they're on Wi-Fi  
> sharing the home's fibre link.

Strangely, I have read that the way mobile broadband is done means  
that it is not nearly so easy to associate an IP with a person or  
account.  I can't see how that would conform to European data  
retention directives though.

Perhaps a linker with more knowledge of mobile internet might be able  
to clear that up.

> Of course that leads to certain paranoid conclusions about people's  
> motivations...

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