[LINK] NBN and Batteries

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Thu Feb 24 11:09:21 AEDT 2011

On 24/02/2011 10:53 AM, Stilgherrian wrote:
> On 24/02/2011, at 9:40 AM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> In the case of the NBN, the use of the system during a power outage
>> should probably fall into type 1. Even if it doesn't it is a critical
>> second order problem (i.e. a problem caused by the solution) which needs
>> to be addressed as a problem in its own right, not as a wrinkle of the
>> original solution.
> Um, but this stuff was in early engineering proposals, with the first
> suggestion offered by NBN Co [from memory it was from then rather than
> the Communications Alliance] being an opt-in to get battery backup if
> you wanted it.

Which is a solution to a different problem. The original problem was how 
to provide an option for those who have need of a communication 
capability when there is a power outage (and there can be many causes, 
not all to do with emergencies).

The problem has now changed to "how do we provide a communication system 
that will work when there is an emergency and power is lost".

My point is that if you look at the real problem, the NBN with a 
compulsory back-up battery might not be the best solution.



Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
email:	 brd at iimetro.com.au
website: www.drbrd.com

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