[LINK] Usage Based Billing

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Mar 31 20:53:51 AEDT 2011

This is an interesting topic.

With the addition of PPC-1 last year Australia now has, (if 8 million
homes all active simultaneously),
P/HH* 210 kbps sustained download capacity.

With the Unity cable now terminated, that takes the total to over
1,355.11 kbps. (err that's YouTube in full HD for 70% of the country...
Or the ABC delivered at 720P to every Australian. 

There is no longer any valid technical reason why Australia should have
enforced monthly Caps.

I think it's about time we let our politicians know about this "glitch"
in the design of the NBN.
Especially if the NBN will be delivering retail product to some
Australian customers. (yeah yeah - rural only.... ).

So now there are only three questions.

Which Company offered home users 1Gb per sec speeds? [1]
Who owns Unity AND;
How are they going to deliver it? A couple of choices would be:

Last mile Spectrum... (see ref [1] for the para about Google paying 4
Bill for Wireless spectrum in the Us just to break the wireless

That copper is starting to look mighty important...

And speaking of trial communities... Since Maralinga, hasn't Australia
pretty much been the trial community for most of these things ?

However in this case:

Kansas City beats off 1,100 cities to host new 'Google Fiber' network

Kansas City has been declared the winner of Google's 'Google Fiber'
contest, and the internet giant will now roll out a trial fibre-optic
network in the city, offering transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps.
Google first announced the project over a year ago, and received
applications from almost 1,100 cities that were interested in hosting
the network. Google's vice president of Access Services, Milo Medin,
wrote on Google's official blog: 'In selecting a city, our goal was to
find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the
community and develop relationships with local government and community
organizations. We've found this in Kansas City. We'll be working closely
with local organisations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and
the University of Kansas Medical Centre to help develop the gigabit
applications of the future. Pending approval from the city's Board of
Commissioners, we plan to offer service beginning in 2012. We will also
be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed internet to other
cities across the country'.

And of course, once we are all getting P2P delivered content to all of
our devices for free what will happen to Telstra, Optus and all that
useless broadcast spectrum. 


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