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Off With Their Heads

I am becoming confident (this may sound idealistic) that some-time in the near future we may be able to talk less about plumbing, and focus more on how the communications sector and broader economy need to adapt and change to make the most of ubiquitous high speed broadband. Malcolm Turnbull, CommsDay 09/04/2014 Nary a more…

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The Final Nail

Over the past three years we’ve seen some quality acting from the Earl of Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull. From decrying transparency, to claims that HFC is the future, to demanding a cost-benefit analysis (CBA); Turnbull has been critical of everything National Broadband Network (NBN). Since the Liberal party won the 2013 election, Turnbull has taken, with…

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The Right Kind Of Competition

It’s rather amusing to watch the current government twist and turn on the TPG FTTB/Optus FTTB problem. For the last few months there’s been hints at an overhaul of the legislation governing competing rollouts. This goes against everything Turnbull has said since the NBN was conceived: the free market can do it better. Unfortunately when…

Switkowski’s Dubious Claim

Meet Ziggy Switkowski: nuclear physicist, ex-Telstra CEO, liberator of bits! Well, that’s the image that the Liberal party would love us to have, unfortunately, as an ex-Telstra employee, I can’t say I feel the same. I worked there during his reign and saw some of the poorest decisions made, all in the name of a…

How Do We Know She’s A Witch

We have found a witch! (A witch! a witch!) Burn her burn her! Witch hunts, they’re fun, and really, Monty Python did it best with their “Witch Scene” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When I was doing philosophy many moons ago, it was something we studied. Why? Well, it teaches us about logic, rational…

What Comes Down Must Go Up

Over the years, I’ve only really touched on upload speeds with the National Broadband Network a few times, not because I have nothing to say on the subject, but because it’s so damn hard to explain the value to general users. It’s easy enough to understand slow download speeds; a movie buffers (oh the RealPlayer…