[LINK] NBN Sky Muster satellites may be quickly overloaded

Richard Archer rha at juggernaut.com.au
Sun Oct 4 11:45:51 AEDT 2015

Hi everyone,

I have just returned from a trip to the outback. The 45 GB monthly 
download quota has recently been reduced to 20 GB.

This limitation impacts on safety in the Outback. Hotels/motels/parks in 
remote locations can no longer provide Internet access to travellers... 
if they do, their quota is used up within days. So while travelling I 
was unable to look up weather forecasts, road conditions and maps. And 
while it's adequate to speak with locals, there's nothing like 
researching the facts yourself and being able to save data to your own 
device and taking it on the road with you.

I also believe that providing fast and abundant Internet access to these 
remote areas would go some way towards addressing the massive inequality 
experienced by people living in these amazingly remote locations. 
Internet could provide access to education, online medicine, training 
and even entertainment.

Providing them with a mere trickle of data, 2% of what's available in 
metro and regional areas, is completely inadequate.


On 4/10/15 10:57 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> The first of three Sky Muster satellites, costing the government $500M
> each, has been launched to supply broadband to remote communities. But
> already there is worry the system will become quickly overloaded.
> Is there going to be a system to provide consumers with useful
> information for managing use, or will the current system continue, where
> everyone is encouraged to download cat videos and then complain that
> their children do not have bandwidth for education?
> http://blog.highereducationwhisperer.com/2015/10/new-nbn-satellite-for-education.html

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