[LINK] NBN retail cost

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Mar 10 15:03:33 AEDT 2011

At 3:44 +0000 10/3/11, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
>'Forty percent prefer 4G wireless broadband to fibre poll, equals NBN
>financial headache'
>By Stan Beer   Thursday, 10th March 2011  (snip)
>Out of 325 total votes, 59% said 'No, Australia needs both technologies,'
>while 40% said 'Yes, I would prefer to use wireless 4G in the future'.

Stan's (ab)use of the data is almost as bad as the ridiculous survey:

Let's see now:
-  'Does wireless 4G technology pose a threat to the NBN?'
-   The only options that appear to have been available are only
     a fraction of the field of play:
     -   'No, Australia needs both technologies'
     -   'No, but NOT Australia needs both technologies'
     -   'Yes, I would prefer to use wireless 4G in the future'
     -   'Yes, but NOT I would prefer to use wireless 4G in the future
     i.e. the No was coupled with one irrelevant statement
     and the Yes was coupled with a differently irrelevant statement
-   only 3 out of 325 people voted 'Eh?  Pardon?'
-   no population, sampling-frame, sample selection method or
     response-rate were declared
-   it appears to have been the usual rubbish of take-whatever-comes
-   internal validity zero
-   external validity zero

Has the media not the slightest skerrick of scepticism about these 
rubbish polls?

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