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Rod Sims presentation to NBN Rebooted conference: "The ACCC agrees ... with the Vertigan conclusion that ... disaggregation of NBN Co ...

The end of TUSMA, and the ongoing NBN Co-Telstra negotiations, herald the ideal time for a drastic rework of the Universal Service Obligation ? shifting it to NBN Co rather than Telstra, and bringing mobile into the mix. That?s the view of industry veteran professor Reg Coutts, a member of the expert panel that advised on the previous version of the NBN. And with Coutts? ideas including the possible provision of more mobile backhaul in regional areas, this concept might just mesh with the recent arguments from some parts of the mobile industry.

I am surprised by how often I am told that broadband should be just treated like our other utilities such as electricity, gas, water and (of course) sewers. 

Marc Andressen, founder of Netscape, explained this better than anyone else back in February 2014.

The pay TV business is under threat in the US. Viewers are "cutting the cord". What direction with Foxtel take in Australia - compete with the OTT guys or become a telco?

Minister Hacker

ISP Data Retention seems to me to be a "very courageous" policy as Sir Humphrey might warmly advise Minister Hacker. As usual the essence of the advice eludes Hacker. If Brandis or Turnbull or Abbott were actually named "Hacker" would it still elude them? Probably.

At TelSoc's AGM I presented on the need for Australia to increase its relative ranking on the international broadband league tables. We are well behind our peers in the OECD. This is not good enough if we want to be global players in the "Digital Networked" economy.

Source: CFC Oklahoma via Daily Tech

Network Neutrality is a vexed issue in the United States and to some extent in Europe. What is interesting is that the issue until recently has seen partisan division between what I would call corporate interests. The issue is 'hardly neutral'.

Fig.1 - comparing retail pricing NBN 25/5 vs ADSL2+

This is the text of Mike Quigley's talk on receiving TelSoc's 2013 Charles Todd Medal at a special function in Sydney on 2 December 2013, hosted by Telstra. It provides his reflections on what NBN Co achieved in in the first four years of NBN Co (2009-13), the challenges that the company faced, and how it overcame them.

The first critique to be published of the Coalition's  NBN policy, within 18 hours of its launch on 9 April 2010, identifies weaknesses in that policy which remain valid today. Written by Peter Gerrand, it appeared in The Conversation on 10 April 2013.

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Fig. ! - Cost comparison

Fig. ! - Cost comparison Mike Quigley's 2010 Charles Todd Oration, delivered to the Telecommunications Society of Australia in Sydney on 18 August 2010.

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