NBN and the Coalition

I think the worst thing that could happen to the IT Community of Australia has happened. A tech-illiterate party has come to power, and rather than keep going with a brilliant program that would see Australian Internet match the technology in use in the most advanced nations around the world (FTTP), they have opted for a cheaper solution (FTTN).

Most of my friends have said “what difference does it make, the net will still be faster than what we have now.” And while this is true, it’s only a small part of the bigger picture. Think about all the devices coming out that have internet connection requirements. Consoles, TVs, computers, phones, tablets, fridges, etc. These are just the things in your average home. Now think about businesses and add servers, workstations, security cameras.

These are devices of the present, and the internet isn’t that good when you have a few of these sucking down data. Imagine what it’s going to be like in a few years. Look at what Corning is predicting in their Day Made of Glass series. The data required to make technology like that come true is much greater than what FTTN can provide.

Sure, you may not care for that sort of technology in your home, but there is still the point of cost. The Coalition’s NBN is going to cost a lot more in the long run. Sure they will get it out faster, and the initial costs may be a little cheaper. But after the first 10 years, they will have paid more than the original NBN plan, and then some, in maintenance and leasing fees from Telstra for that copper that sits between the nodes and the premises.

I’m glad I live in a Telstra smart wired community, I have FTTP, but that’s not enough, the rest of Australia needs it too. I just hope the Coalition sees sense, and scraps their plans to ruin Australia’s future as a technological nation.

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