[LINK] Tech startups release manifesto for policy change after government's Policy Hack

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Nov 16 09:41:57 AEDT 2015

On 15/11/15 16:33, Paul Brooks wrote:

> All 'mobile' infrastructure has a foundation of fixed infrastructure. ...

Yes, *almost* all mobile devices require a fixed infrastructure. But 
building a fixed infrastructure all the way into people's homes is not 
an efficient way to support their mobile devices.

> ... NBN fixed infrastructure forms a fine backhaul network to enable
> ubiquitous WiFi and other radio technologies to connect mobile
> devices to educational content and to each other. ...

Most of the cost of the NBN is in the last few hundred metres, getting 
fiber from nodes in the street into homes. If this part was wireless, it 
would eliminate a major cost.

The idea that you use one fixed data network at home and then you to 
switch over to a different "mobile" one when you step out the front gate 
seems an antiquated idea. Hardly anyone does that for making phone calls 
any more, so why should should they do it with data?

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