Here comes Abbott’s #NBN, by @SteveJ_CBR and @sortius

Margo: Steve Jenkin and Kieran Cummings are regular contributors to No Fibs on the NBN. Here are their takes on its future under an Abbott Government. * *

Most candidates in NBN-connected Wills reckon Labor got it right: @takvera interviews

By John Englart 27 August 2013 The Wills suburb of Brunswick was the first metropolitan pilot site for Labor’s NBN in 2011. The world is changing rapidly with large movements of digital information, requiring faster internet speeds to deliver content to meet our needs (see Steve Jenkins and Lachlan Hinds article on Why is fast, reliable Internet so appealing?. Kelvin Thomson and Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese held a successful launch at the completion of the pilot project at Brunswick neighbourhood House a few weeks ago. It was wonderful to have @AlboMP @KelvinThomsonMP @Jane_GarrettMP Visit BNH today & switch on more homes to #NBN. — Brunswick NH (@Brunswick_NH) July 24, […]

Why is fast, reliable Internet so appealing?

Fibre-optic maker Corning is a supplier to NBNco. by Steve Jenkin and Lachlan Hinds 21 June 2013 Time has never been more valuable. Our recreation time is becoming less and less – at a rate that is concerning mental health researchers. One of the ways of creating more personal time is to have efficient, reliable and fast internet access. By having more time to do those things we enjoy, our health and happiness indexes increase immensely. That means we have better relationships and are more energised, more creative in our home and work lives. In 1996, after 25 years, “The Net” exploded into our lives and within 5 years had created […]

Q&A on topsy turvy NBN debate

By Steve Jenkin May 21,  2013 The Great NBN Debate is notorious for the high degree of emotion, insult, abuse and attack by many highly vocal proponents for the two political proposals. The response seems disproportionate; something strange is going on… This piece frames simple, fundamental questions and seeks to answer them. There is a simple truth, brilliantly summed up by the Bureau of Statistics in 2001, that is constantly overlooked in this debate. Since the 1850s Australians have been at the forefront in communications, and the NBN is just a continuation of that struggle to communicate in our Wide Brown Land. A topsy turvy debate What is important is not discussed and what is trivial, […]

Beware Turnbull’s Triple NBN Tax – your hidden out-of-pocket expenses

By Steve Jenkin May 16,  2013 Source: http://stevej-on-it.blogspot.com.au/ The Coalition has been very silent on one of its biggest and most invasive change to the NBN: Every DSL-NBN subscriber is going to be saddled with three unavoidable out-of-pocket expenses. All in-house cabling changes have to be done by a registered cabler, it’s NOT DIY. You may go on e-Bay and buy a $50 VDSL modem, but it won’t work. Install a VDSL Central Splitter and new VDSL modem to get advertised speed. [$250-$500] When, not if, the copper phone service is turned off or you need a second line, install an NTD (Network Termination Device) as supplied “for free” for FTTP uses. The NTD contains two voice service connectors (via an internal “ATA”) […]

Time to get NBN active, GenY

By Steve Jenkin Source: http://stevej-on-it.blogspot.com.au/ May 6,  2013 Josh Taylor of ZDnet conducted a 45-minute “Communications Debate” between Conroy and Turnbull today. He did a splendid job with a couple of unruly protagonists not out of place in a kindergarden. My praise and plaudits to Josh: well done, for conceiving and carrying out this head-to-head. The most reported part of the “Debate” was when Conroy got under Turnbull’s skin and was called “a grub”. There are a few things about this “Debate” I think are imporant: Turnbull had a very informed and tech-savvy audience, yet maintained his argumentative, “content-free” style, reiterated vague generalities and platitudes and trotted out the same old electioneering phrases. The […]