MIA Labor candidate Luke Willis finally speaks up, but no funds and no chance in Tangney

By Guinevere Hall August 18, 2013 I was ready to write my missing-in-action piece when the elusive Labor candidate for Tangney in Western Australia Luke Willis finally made contact. There had been numerous emails and weeks of silence but then he agreed to meet for an interview. We met at a local café in Riverton and he had an explanation. The young Labor candidate had been busy with his medical studies – he is in his third year and has recently being doing his GP placement. Mr Willis, 20, was nervous at first and did admit to little apprehension about the interview, but he soon warmed up. Luke Willis says he […]

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 […]

Coalition’s 10% NBN cost save locks us out of massive upside

Editor’s note: Steve Jenkin is a geek who wants to make the NBN tech stuff accessible to all. He has agreed to be a @NoFibs contributor. so feel free to ask your NBN questions as a comment. By Steve Jenkin Source: http://stevej-on-it.blogspot.com.au/ April 29, 2013 The volume of words written and spoken about the NBN must startle many, producing far more heat than light. Is this a case of the “Bike Shed Effect” where trivial decisions dominate the discussion and the biggest decisions seems like an after-thought? It’s complex, but we shouldn’t be having this debate at all: Frank Blount, Telstra CEO 1992-1999, forecast the customer network would be all Fibre by […]

@sortius on how and why the Coalition’s NBN policy is designed to fail

By Kieran Cummings (@sortius) April 12, 2013 Since the release of the Coalition’s broadband policy on Tuesday it has become clear that the policy is designed to fail. Even if taken at face value it is clear that the plan will not be able to meet its targets. So why devise a policy destined to fail? One simple answer is to keep the ‘free market’ free – free from regulation, free from anti-monopoly legislation and free from responsibility. The policy itself is made redundant by the three separate reviews the Coalition is planning for the NBN – a strategic review, an ‘independent’ audit and a cost/benefit analysis. Having these codified into the policy […]

@NoFibs NBN policy articles curated by citizen journo @pascalg15

By Pascal Grosvenor April 11, 2013 With all the claims and counter claims going back and forth via Twitter or Facebook I’ve been getting frustrated,because there’s lots of incorrect facts and sometimes outright lies being perpetrated. People on both sides of the political debate have been guilty of this. My goal is to collate the articles I’ve read about the NBN Co’s FTTH or the LNP’s FTTN alternative in one place. I’ll regularly update this list. FTTH is Fibre to the Home (sometimes referred to as FTTP or Fibre to the Premise) FTTN is Fibre to the Node (the Telstra junction box at the end of the street) I hope people […]

#Fraudband is an #NBN fail, even for punters

By Stephen Neate April 10, 2013 Source: yathink.com.au Before Steve Dalby (director at iiNet in IT) was attacked by Malcom Turnbull (investment banker turned politician NOT in IT) the argument over which NBN plan works best seemed obvious.  Oh my god I am so stupid, and Steve highlighted it by saying: ‘It is disappointing that the NBN debate is about speed, and not about infrastructure’ (paraphrased of course – although the recording is here: TheHack MP3). If you ask anyone in IT about the benefits that FTTH has over FTTN (please don’t glaze over yet) you will get many well formed and educated reasons and ideas as to the how, why, […]

Coalition’s NBN plan to stop consumers taking control of media

By Kieran Cummings (@sortius) April 9th, 2013 The Coalition held its broadband policy launch at, wait for it, Murdoch’s Fox Sports, And the press secretary handed out copies of Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph instead of policy documents. Guess what the final outcome of Malcolm Turnbull’s broadband plan will be. The policy debate will heat up over the coming months because there are massive amounts of detail missing from the policy. Turnbull was combative, if not outright belligerent. From the outset he was unable to give details on even the basics of his policy in answer to questions such as ‘How long will the copper last?’. I had thought that finally Turnbull would release a policy […]