Beyond the Like Button: @burgewords comments on #NoBrexit #NoTrump #NoPlebiscite

Perhaps it’s the weight of all our first-world problems, but Westerners have lost touch with one of our strongest power bases. PROGRESSIVES internationally are being hit with some hard facts, from the reality of the United Kingdom’s vote to end its politico-economic links with the European Union (EU); through the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican United States presidential candidate; to Australia’s problem catching up with both nations on the human rights inherent in Marriage Equality. It’s become impossible to participate on social media without also being hit with online petitions. “But is it realistic?” I saw one concerned Remain voter ask her Facebook friends, of yet another public […]

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. * *

PUP face in Hindmarsh: @JackieDettman reports

by Jacqueline Dettman  August 30, 2013 Interview with George Melissourgos, Palmer United Party candidate for Hindmarsh.  I recently interviewed George Melissourgos in the same fashion as previous interviews. The interview was conducted on Thursday August 22 and lasted about one hour.  Would you like to introduce yourself to voters? I’m a thirty three year old man who, until recently, was working in State Government as a Business Analyst / Project Manager. I recently became engaged to the love of my life at the Stamford Grand in Glenelg and I’m looking forward to building a family in the area. Growing up, my parents ran a number of small businesses across the […]

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”) […]

@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 […]