May 8, 2014

The devil in the NBN’s satellite magic pudding

Yesterday's announcement about changes to the National Broadband Network are mixed news for those waiting to get high-speed internet, writes technology writer and consultant Paul Wallbank.

There’s good news and bad news for Australians waiting for the National Broadband Network in yesterday’s announcement about the project’s satellite services. For those on the outskirts of major cities, the good news is more areas will get faster fibre and wireless connections, but rural users get the bad news: they may find their satellite connections further limited.

Rolling fibre out to the entire nation under the NBN was never going to be feasible, and the broadband solution for most of the country’s land mass — although only 3% of the population — was going to be satellite internet.

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5 thoughts on “The devil in the NBN’s satellite magic pudding

  1. Yclept

    So really the NBN is a useless mess!

  2. bushby jane

    I thought the whole point of the NBN was to allow people in rural areas to access fast broadband, so more of us didn’t need to move to the overcrowded cities. Turnbull doesn’t get that.

  3. graybul

    The bastardization of the NBN roll-out by the Abbott Govt. will haunt Australian Business, Parliament and People for generations to come. Who now, will dare dream, declare the big vision, that can change a Nation? Naysayers all but destroyed completion of the Opera House which now arguably, is a ‘face’ of the Nation. NBN fibre to home came within grasp . . . of revitalizing, channelling our national energy, creativity and economy into the future. Again, naysayers covered our eyes, stripped our courage to believe. Bugger, we are fools!!

  4. Gocomsys

    One thing to remember, we are no longer talking about the original Labor NBN. That one is dead. Mal Turnbull’s Telstra/Foxtel Fraudband system no longer can be regarded as “National” or “Broadband”. It certainly isn’t a Network anymore.
    Their intention to please their LNP backers (NewsCorp for instance), who parachuted them into power, was no secret and to be expected. Unfortunately the mediocre mainstream media and the dumbed down public didn’t get it.
    Time to get rid of this incompetent mob in Canberra!

  5. PDGFD1

    Graybul @3 – seconded.
    Since no-one seems to appreciate that we ended up with 1 million houses getting insulation* perhaps that money could have been better spent on a piece of infrastructure that would serve us all one way or another. Opportunity unrecognised.

    (*btw -in my view a good thing, despite the recipients being totally ungrateful for their energy prices being reduced… and the sad repercussions for several families, caused by greedy ba$tard Dodgy-brothers operators who should be charged)

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