[LINK] US FCC changes broadband definition

Stephen Loosley stephenloosley at zoho.com
Sat Jan 31 22:44:25 AEDT 2015

On Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:23:43 Frank writes,

> See: http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/29/7932653/fcc-changed-definition-broadband-25mbps 
> Minimum for 'broadband' as accepted by the Federal Communications Commission is now 25Mbs download and 3Mbs upload. And that lags the current European definitions. And that is for the CURRENT US definition. God knows what 'broadband' will be in 10 years time ... but we won't be getting it in Australia, so i don't suppose it matters.  That, to put it mildly, makes the NBN estimates (only 15Mbs needed in 10 years time) and the MTM network look a tad debatable as a worthy project for network requirements in 10 years time. 

Yes and yesterday, "Jan 30 2015, British Telecom announced that it wants to roll out G.fast and fibre to the home to provide internet speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps by 2020.  BT is also planning to develop a premium fibre broadband service for those residential and business customers who want faster broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps, much like Google Fiber. This network already passes almost 22 million premises – around three quarters of all such premises in the UK – and is open to all communications providers on an equal basis. Its expansion will help the UK to boast 95 per cent coverage for fibre broadband within the next few years." Ref: http://www.theregister.co.uk

So, Australia = 15Mbs in ten years, and Britain = 1Gps in five years.

Please, please Coalition, just stop work completely on our NBN and indeed stop 'governing' us. Don't stuff anything else with your punchy-idiot PM putting up his Dukes for instance. You will surely be gone soon enough. Please, just don't do any more damage to us. We can await untill you are gone, and then we'll get on with growing this country intelligently.

You are absolutely right Frank when you say ...

> I just wish they'd abandon it and wait for a government with a more realistic view of network requirements to do it properly in the future, because at the moment, the scaled down NBN project has all the hallmarks of the most massive waste of public monies in the last 50 years. Only an idiot would buy shares in this turkey, and I'm guessing the government will have to really scale down what it can redeem from its effort when it privatises same. 


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