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Why Turnbull’s yes we CANco is actually no you CAN’Tco


There is a reason why economists do not conduct say brain surgery. Or why barristers do not fly fighter jets. And there is a reason why Malcolm Turnbull should continue smiling for a camera at a press conference and stay the hell away from the IT industry.

Now I appreciate the fact that he uses a iPad and that makes him look hip and everything, but there is a huge difference from using an iPad and actually putting one together.

Malcolm Turnbull wants to tell people that his alternative is much better than the governments NBN proposal which he continues to call a white elephant. Frankly when he does so, I picture him in the safari club in a large easy chair sucking on a pipe and talking to his friends about how it is so hard to find good help these days. Below is an article that appeared in the SMH


THE Coalition has adopted a high-speed internet policy that would render redundant the proposed National Broadband Network.

The policy accepted by the joint parties meeting would separate Telstra into two companies – a retailer free of onerous regulation and a wholesaler, possibly named CANCo, enjoying regulated pricing required by law to provide all Australians with broadband at a minimum speed of 12 megabits per second (Mbps).

Fast enough to allow video conferencing and the download of movies within minutes, 12 Mbps is faster than most Australians enjoy at present but slow enough to usually be achievable using existing infrastructure such as Telstra’s copper network and Foxtel coaxial cables and satellite and wireless technology.

And right there we have our first BZZZT! You see in many streets in many suburbs we have been divided into two distinct subsets. There are those that can get FOXTEL and there are those that can get OPTUS. You can not as far as I know get both FOXTEL and OPTUS. Ironically in a optic fibre back-boned network every house hold will have a choice of not only the one they have been offered, but also if they wish the other. Likewise customers will also have the option of other cable providers who have been denied being able to send their product to the consumer because FOXTEL and OPTUS run a duo-opoply on the whole market. The only way around them is via satellite today and that is far inferior to direct cable connection let alone direct fibre optic connection. But what do you expect when you send economic journalists to report on a barrister’s idea for the IT industry? But wait. There is more.

By contrast Labor’s plan would see Telstra relinquish its wholesale role and shut down its copper network, agreeing not to use its Foxtel cables to compete with the National Broadband Network.

Labor’s NBN would provide 100 Mbps to 93 per cent of the population via fibres direct to each door at a cost of $43 billion, some of which would come from private investors.

Speeds of 100 Mbps or more are faster than are needed for most presently envisaged services and would allow the broadcast of high-definition television.

See they are doing it again. According to the economists and the barristers, the IT industry is going to be dormant. That explains why Malcolm shifted from land line, to mobile phone, to blackberry, to iPAD in less than 5 years. Mind you Malcolm envisioned all this technology coming right? I am sorry but your vision guys is only limited to a financial year. You have no idea what is happening in the technology world.

All I can say Peter Martin, Clancy Yeates, and Malcolm Turnbull; watch these next two videos.

Now this technology is still new and there is great room for applications here. Not only can it mean a boon for business if they are savvy enough to see the possibilities here, it can be used right across the board. Frankly I love the idea of turning a piece of paper into a computer screen. I see people playing tennis or golf or what have you and getting feedback through a headphone on what they need to do to improve their game. Or browsing wine and up comes reviews as well as a list of what the average price should be so you are not ripped off.

Seriously the interaction possibilities are only limited by what we can physically do today.

All you need gentlemen, is a vision. And hopefully it is not double vision

One more thing. I currently connect to my ISP at 12mbs. But because I do not live close enough to the exchange, this drops to 5mbs. Further, the more traffic that comes on or if more people log on or people use phones in the area, it drops again. The copper network has limits. And we have already reached them.

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  1. TKYCraig permalink

    Spot on…
    Worth noting too that “Speeds of 100 Mbps or more are faster than are needed for most presently envisaged services and would allow the broadcast of high-definition television.”

    Which is why The Australian is railing against it… if HDTV can pour thru the fibre, Rupe’s Foxtel is dead (not to mention other media sources eg network TV).

    Choice is clear… slow speeds and residing in the pocket of Rupert etc, or the NBN and liberation from the MSM.

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