Authored by Peter Gerrand

The NBN Futures Project Summary: The NBN Futures Project, initiated by TelSoc members in February 2019 (latterly renamed the TelSoc Broadband Futures Group), aims to develop policy options by early 2021 for the post-rollout NBN, to help meet Australia's needs for broadband infrastructure in the following decade. The project team has run three public forums to date and generated ten peer-reviewed...

29th April 2020

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Authored by John de Ridder

Dear Bill, The NBN pricing model is in urgent need of repair.  In this letter, we offer our thoughts on how an overhaul of the pricing model can solve a number of problems facing the NBN.  We argue that the volume of data transferred should be the basis of wholesale charges for the NBN, not the bandwidth provided to the user.  We also argue that all users should have full access to the bandwidth...

10th September 2017

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Authored by Rod Tucker

NBN Co is rapidly coming to the realization that it has a PR issue on its hands.  Many NBN retail customers are complaining about the quality of their service, and what is particularly frustrating for many customers is that it is not clear who to blame.  Do they blame their retail service provider (RSP) for not buying enough assess bandwidth via the CVC charge, or is it the fault of the limited...

26th July 2017

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Authored by Rod Tucker

The True Cost of FTTP Rod Tucker   In a recent blog, NBN Co attempts to justify why NBN Co is rolling out fibre to the node (FTTN) rather than fibre to the premises (FTTP).   NBN Co says that FTTP is too expensive for Australia, claiming that Australia is not on a level playing field with other countries that have FTTP.    But NBN Co?s commentary is misleading, and omits a number of key facts.  A...

12th July 2017

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Authored by Tim Herring

I don't agree that international comparisons are not relevant. Australia needs to develop critical infrastructure like water delivery, electricity, broadband, etc. not only as social services, but also to enable a vibrant economy (please note I consider all of these as "utilities", including broadband). It DOES matter that we are competitive internationally in broadband and one way to measure...

12th April 2017

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Authored by Rod Tucker

Rod Tucker's article appears here, in the March 2017 issue of TelSoc's journal, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy. 

8th April 2017

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Authored by Ken Sayers

Let's cast our minds back to 2013. In the election campaign Malcolm Turnbull, as communications spokesman, said that the then proposed 3 technology NBN would cost over $90 billion. When asked after the election why they used that number, Turnbull and Fletcher admitted that they just made the number up! But they promised, their Multi-Technology Mix would deliver 25Mbps downloads and would be...

15th June 2016

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Authored by Paul Budde

Republished with permisssion from: I am sure that I am just as frustrated as most Australians ? especially as month after month, year after year, it becomes clearer that what I, along with others, have been saying since 2011 ? that a cheaper and faster NBN such as the Coalition Government is trying to install by...

25th August 2015

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Authored by Graham Shepherd

Rod Sims presentation to NBN Rebooted conference: "The ACCC agrees ... with the Vertigan conclusion that ... disaggregation of NBN Co ... would, for the first time in Australian experience, put in place a market structure that has the potential for effective infrastructure-based competition through leveraging existing assets. The present opportunity to shape the future market structure through...

19th November 2014

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Authored by Gary McLaren

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. As this twitter post so graphically describes, the extreme growth in applications and uses of broadband make it most unlike other utilities....

11th November 2014

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