[LINK] History and the NBN

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sat Sep 25 12:39:50 EST 2010

  Well, by the time Senator Richard Alston made his famous "gambling and 
porn" remark:


...Whirlpool noted that there was already an ALP proposal to respond to 
the lack of broadband by getting cable to all homes (noted here, 
unfortunately can't find the story on the Oz it refers to):


So: in 2002 the ALP was already fretting about a lack of broadband in 


On 25/09/10 12:00 PM, David Boxall wrote:
> Greetings Linkers,
> With all the politics around the NBN, I've become a bit confused. In an
> attempt to regain some perspective, I've been looking into events
> leading up to our current position.
> The earliest I found is at
> <http://www.misaustralia.com/viewer.aspx?ATL://20020301000010336009&title=Your+say>
> (which is encumbered by one of those tricky "don't copy me" scripts).
> There's a fair bit of information at
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Broadband_Network>  and
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_in_Australia#First_Broadband>.
> Some on OPEL at<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPEL_Networks>. Ain't
> Wikipedia a marvel?
> It's all a bit disjoint. The government had a fairly comprehensive
> policy by June 2006. Clearly, much had gone before. As remember it,
> Telstra had a role in torpedoing an initiative between the OPEL thing
> and the current policy.
> Comments, pointers and recollections would be much appreciated.

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