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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, need etc….  You can read what passionate IT people say at http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/142 and on many other blogs around the web.

In the words of Ygritte in Game of Thrones, ‘You know nothing, Jon Snow.’ I am Jon Snow.  In the current political landscape of fear, miss-information, lies and general bullshit (from everyone) why on earth was I thinking an intelligent argument would get through?  Arguing over better, strong, faster (queue the 70s Steve Austin) where the #Fraudband was born, against the Terminator NBN (aka the future) is pointless.

With that in mind, how does one sell the NBN over #Fraudband?

Well the same way all other political messages are sold – a grain of truth smothered in dog turds wrapped with a pretty bow and delivered by a girl in a bikini.  (actually I may pay more attention to politics if it was closer to a Beauty Pageant “I just want world peace”, but that’s another story).

Being involved in IT myself of course I want the ALP NBN version, and it has nothing to do with party politics at all.  I need speed of delivery, my clients need speed of delivery, I want to help clients utilise cloud functionality to improve their work productivity and I want to use new technology not yet released as its created, not a decade later.

My decisions, like so many other users, is not based on downloading movies faster like the LNP keeps telling me.  Seriously, they are one step away from saying I only want speed to consume porn faster. Get a grip guys (pun not intended). Speed is to do with work – the national economy when extrapolated across tens of thousands of businesses – NOT leisure.

But as the LNP raised the argument that home users don’t need it I have a counter argument for you.

With the current situation or an LNP FTTN plan (these figures can be lower/higher based on needs): Internet $50+ ADSL, Phone $60+ incl. line rental, Entertainment $90+ (Foxtel/Videos) = $200+/ month (and my House/Investment has LESS value compared to the FTTH one in nearby suburbs).

With the FTTH the ALP NBN (these figures can be lower/higher based on needs): Internet $55+ for fibre, Phone (VOIP$15+), Entertainment $45+ (assuming paying for video download etc…) =$115+/month (and my House has the SAME value compared to others in nearby suburbs).

Hell, I just saved over $1000 per year for ME, which doesn’t even take into account the family home/investment home pricing, which will be higher and can make the difference of time to sell when putting it on the market.

So I counter your argument with a ‘I want something for me’ as a punter, as you clearly are not listening to the common sense arguments put forward by educated IT people.

Cheers from Stephen (tech/geek/developer/web person)

PS: I wont even get into the fact that the LNP policy makes regional Australians second class citizens.