[LINK] Broadband facts, fiction and urban myths

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sun Feb 20 09:50:22 AEDT 2011

For those following the debate over Australia's NBN, Rodney Tucker's
paper "Broadband facts, fiction and urban myths" is worth a read:

"There has been a lively debate surrounding the Australian Governments
plan to build a fibre-based National Broadband Network. Unfortunately, a
variety of urban myths about the NBN have evolved and spread over the
past 12 months. Some of these myths are based on misunderstandings of
the capabilities and limitations of broadband technology and some are
out of alignment with experience in countries where broadband access is
more advanced than in Australia. The objective of this article is to
correct some of these misconceptions, to debunk some of the more common
urban myths and to provide some basic facts for the lay person on the
capabilities and limitations of various broadband technologies."

From: Broadband facts, fiction and urban myths, Rodney Tucker,
Telecommunications Journal of Australia, Volume 60, No. 3, 2010, First
published online August 2010:

This is published by the Telecommunications Society of Australia (TSA),
now the Telecommunications Board of the Australian Computer society
(which I am a board member of). The Telecommunications Journal of
Australia (TJA) is now published online. Most papers require either ACS,
TJA membership, or payment of a subscription. But some papers are free:

The TJA provides articles in the form of web pages for online viewing
(as well as PDF for printing) using the Open Journal System (OJS). The
web versions display better on screen, particularly on a mobile device
and use less bandwidth. This is an example of the web based format I
suggest could be used for academic research and government reports.

Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, The
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/
Visiting Scientist, CSIRO ICT Centre: http://bit.ly/csiro_ict_canberra

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