[LINK] Voter fury rising over sluggish internet speeds

David Boxall linkdb at boxall.name
Thu Jun 16 11:35:07 AEST 2016

On 11/06/2016 10:34 AM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> ...
> The NBNco site ...
I think these days, it's officially NBN™. ;) Which may not display 
reliably, depending on your system.

Anyway, I've recently transferred my access to the so-called "Long-term 
Satellite Service" (LTSS) aka "Sky Muster" aka NBN 1a. While faster 
(when it works), I find it less reliable than the "Interim Satellite 
Service" (ISS) that it replaced. Teething problems perhaps, but I get 
the feeling that corners have been cut. They couldn't cancel the 
contracts to purchase the satellites, but I reckon they've skimped 

On 11/06/2016 1:56 PM, Frank O'Connor wrote:
> ... The NBN has been posited for my area by Q2 2016 …
The three-year plan is less a plan than a promotional exercise. With an 
election in the offing, they had to come up with something.

>  ... its a bit of a sleeper issue and most voters haven’t cottoned on to the fact that building this dogs breakfast for an admitted $60 billion, and expecting to sell it for an estimated $20 billion (to either idiots who have no idea how much work will be needed to bring it up-to-standard, or network monopolists like Telstra looking to lock in short term profits whilst a serious broadband network is built -...
Mates of the current government will profit handsomely, at inestimable 
cost to the nation. I don't share your confidence that the private 
sector will build "a serious broadband network" for Australia. They 
couldn't even maintain the network they inherited.

While we're at it, please stop referring to the NBN. That name is just 
political spin for a repair job. An effort to make catching-up look like 
an exciting initiative.

We should probably stop talking about broadband as well; it's just the 
telecommunications network. The network must be viewed as a whole; 
concentrating on parts aids political obfuscation.

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