[LINK] NBN retail cost

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Mar 10 15:40:25 AEDT 2011

On 10/03/11 3:03 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> 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)
>> http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/beerfiles/45713-40-prefer-4g-wireless-broadband-to-fibre-poll-equals-nbn-financial-headache
> ...
>> 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:
> http://www.comparebroadband.com.au/article_879_Wireless-4G-no-threat-to-the-NBN.htm
> 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?
Choose one of the below:

* We are extremely sceptical about all polling results, and rigorously 
test the statistical assumptions behind each survey offered to us.
* We don't have time to test survey results, but try to adopt a 
sceptical position to surveys.
* We failed Stats 101 at university.
* Wow! Clickbait!

Results will be compiled and published tomorrow.

By the way, from the second par of the story:

> large screen wireless broadband connections in exclusively wireless 
> house-holds continue to grow rapidly.
What the blazes is a "large screen wireless broadband connection"?


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