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How can the Rudd government deliver its promise for creating a National Broadband Network?

How can the Rudd government deliver its promise for creating a National Broadband Network?
by Jui-Wei Yang

If the Rudd government sticks to its plan of using FTTP to create the National Broadband Network, it will very likely deliver some of the promises it made to the Australian people, for making the NBN.

FTTP stands for Fiber to the Premises according to Wei-Ping Huang of McMaster University of Canada and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

According to Huang, unlike traditional digital subscriber line and cable modem technology that has limited bandwidth. FTTP technology’s bandwidth is almost unlimited. Huang stated, Fiber Optic network such as xPON, has an upstream and downstream transmission rate of 155 Mb/s to 2.5 GB/s. Huang also stated that Passive Optic Network such as, APON, BPON, GPON and EPON are extremely promising in term of performance and cost effectiveness. Huang stated that FTTH (Fiber to the Home) and FTTB (Fiber to the Business) does not only allow the convergence of voice, data and video applications, but a whole range of other services also.

Sinana Aral and Marshall Van Alstyne of MIT, state there is increase evidence in regards to how having access towards a network system, will affect an individual or a group, in terms of their economic performance. Aral and Alstyne argues that people who have access to a network system have an information advantage in comparison to those who doesn’t have one. Aral and Alstyne also argue those who have access to a diverse network, which is one that is low on coherence and structure equivalence, has an advantage in wage, promotion, job placement and creativity, because it give them the opportunity to have access to multi dimension information and gather none redundant knowledge, although it also mean a diverse network need to be flexible to increase in size, so there is no need to decrease the amount of specific information that is within the network. Aral and Alstyne argue that the ability of been an information rich is a strong advantage within the economy.

The Rudd government plans to create a NBN that will connect 90% of Australian homes, school and workplaces with speed that is up to 100 megabytes per second, investing a budget of $43 billion over a period of 8 years. It plans to use FTTP technology to create this NBN service and promises that the NBN to be a historical nation-building investment that will help to transform Australian economy and create jobs and business of the 21st century.


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NBN good, eight years bad

Alga Kavanagh, I disagree that planning for a NBN constitutes planning for an airy fairy future.

As John Pratt points out, there is the real potential for a faster, wider-reaching network to improve the way we communicate and conduct business.

However, eight years is a long period over which to lay out the technology of today.

On paper, a '100 megabits per second' network sounds exciting. However, networks in Japan currently offer speeds of up to 160 megabits per second.

Jui-Wei Yang, while I agree that the creation of an NBN will deliver the Rudd government's promise, I don't think that this particular kind of network will provide an economic advantage to Australians in eight years time.

The government might live up to their promise, but we'll be living with ancient technology - what kind of advantage is that?

More user-friendliness

Yang, you have taken a comprehensive look at the technology behind the proposed National Broadband Network (NBN). FTTP is the way for high quality, high speed internet.

A problem I would like resolved is the cap on the volume of data that can be downloaded. Many complaints about internet in Australia being expensive rest on this. The greater the complexity of a web page, the greater the amount of data. For instance, viewing a web page with an embedded video advertisement can consume your download limit in a short time.

The Rudd government should address this through the NBN plans, giving users more breathing space.

Fiona: Anushika, could you please make sure that you leave spaces between each word.


I am happy to embrace John Pratt and his optimism!

There will be no need for satellite dishes nor for aerials.

The great gain will be in transport reduction, as people work from home, schools decline and Unis take on more students, but I do recall that there were to be paperless offices...... 

There will be fewer schools, fewer teachers yet more testing and checking of achievements in reading writing and so on.

It is a medium term stimulus package, when many in Queensland and WA are losing mining jobs. A perfect replacement.

Being optical, lightning and solar storms will not affect it directly. 

Yes the cost may appear high, but with all the inflation being baked into our economy by mad give-aways, it will not be so bad.

Waste of money

I doubt this NBN will see the light of day, it has to be trialled in Tas first and that may be the end of it. I Just can't see how you can say it will produce jobs and help the economy, it may during construction, but after that there'll be very few as laying it's all mechanised. So probably no extra jobs at all, except for a few more useless bureaucrats. Speed that fast won't make much difference, the human brain and body won't react to those speeds to make a difference.

So as always, it will be phantom jobs, just as the stimulus package promises were.

What's real funny is they didn't even do their research properly, announcing it would only go to towns with 1000 people or more. But reality finally hit them in the head when they discovered if they used those parameters, the NBN in Tas would only go to about 15 towns. Now they have changed it to include towns with just a few people, so how do they explain that if and when they come to roll it out in Aus, which will again raise the cost and places which are already disadvantaged in Aus will still miss out.

We should be putting all that money into preparing for the real future instead of this airy fairy one of more and faster is better. Only roll it out in country area's where it's needed or we'll have no industry in the bush, the disadvantages will be too great. Our society and economy are going down hill rapidly, so how does an incredibly expensive, short life span, short sighted, costing the people billions, optic cable help us. Then monopoly private corporations will be given it for peanuts in a few years, prices will go up services down and we've lost our money again.

FTTP and a NBN will transform our economy

Jui-Wei Yang, the Rudd government's promise to role out FTTP and a NBN service to 90% of Australian homes is going to create jobs and help us meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets. More people will be able to work from home, and a lot of unnecessary travel will be avoided. I am currently involved with teaching computer skills to the elderly. It is wonderful to see their faces light up when they realise the potential of the internet. It opens up their lives and helps them to keep in touch with their families.

Most of the uses we will find for the internet are not even dreamt of at the moment. I see the technology as similar to the rolling out of the telegraph lines 150 years ago. The pioneers then had no idea of the changes and benefits that these lines would bring to all of us.

Optimism and FTTP

John Pratt, on a recent trip to the USA Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nations in Kitimat, B.C. due to his experiences in handling the Australian Indigenous situation in Australia

He spoke for almost an hour on his ideas for increasing every Indians present standard of living.

At the conclusion of his speech, the tribes presented the Prime Minister with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name: Walking Eagle.

The proud Rudd then departed with his entourage, waving to the crowd as he left.

A news reporter later asked the chiefs how they came to select the new name given to Rudd.

They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of shit, it can no longer fly.

He would have got the same award if he had been talking about FTTP.

Senators Brown and Milne would also qualify for the award every time they opened their mouths.

Fiona: Goodness me, Alan, when did the USA acquire Canada? And has anybody told Mr Howard's second-best friend, Canadian PM Stephen Harper?


Fiona, Canada still belongs to Canada, Rudd just stepped over the border for a couple of hours.

Do you know of any political party that promises to bring in conceiving leave in addition to maternity leave?.

Too good

This was too good a story not to follow up:

Walking Eagle

Shouldn't have let the truth get in the way of a good story.


John Pratt, the Rudd government's promise to role out  FTTP and a NBN service to 90% of Australian homes is not going to happen in your lifetime, it is the biggest con ever.

When the Working Families (and there are going to be less and less of them as the months go by) find out what it is going to cost each month for this service they will not be able to afford it.

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