Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Broadband policies are night and day

ADELE FERGUSON writing in "The Age" Business Day tells it like it really is, on the Broadband "debate" (or "non-debate" from Tony Abbott)
August 11, 2010
The Coalition's proposal to spend $750 million fixing the problems on the copper network is seven times more than it proposed to spend on the network when it was last in government.
This is throwing good money after bad because the copper doesn't need fixing - it needs replacing.
The two telecommunications policies are as different as night and day.
The Labor Party's $43 billion policy is extremely expensive but is all about building a network that will be the backbone of Australia for the next 50 years,
much like the copper-wire network was for the past 100 years. It is also about creating a level playing field for competitors by busting up Telstra's monopoly over the network.
The endgame is to create high-speed broadband to drive a service-based economy for the future.
The Coalition's policy is about tarting up what we have and making promises that its network will be capable of what the Gillard government's policy guarantees - speeds at 100 megabits per second.
This is nigh on impossible.
If you didn't see Tony's abysmal performance on the 7:30 Report, check it out here.
He kept repeating "I'm no Tech head".
Really, Tony?
You surprise me.
Its not that hard. Even to the mathematically challenged,. 100 units is bigger (faster) than 12 units, whether they be Megabits per second, or whatever.
For those not frightened of fast speed talk, check out this analysis on "Good Gear Guide"

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