“Millions of Australians are set to get access to ultra-fast broadband under a $3.5 billion upgrade to the NBN, expected to be finished by 2023. The major shake-up will see six million homes with access to internet speeds “of up to” 1 Gigabit per second, currently the mandatory minimum is 25 Megabits per second.
- Fibre To The Node, Fibre To The Curb and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial networks will all be upgraded.
- The works are expected to create about 25,000 jobs in the next two years.
- Federal Labor has described the plan as a “wasteful backflip”….
Australia’s National Broadband Network aka NBN under the Labor federal government was supposed to provide world-leading affordable high-speed Internet access to all Australians so that we could create new businesses, run existing businesses more efficiently, access the online worlds of information, education and entertainment faster and better, and then the Liberal-National Party aka LNP that replaced Labor wrecked it all.
Anti-technology, anti-science, pro-religion Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared that high-speed Internet access was only for gamers, pornographers and other anti-social wastrels and instructed his Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull to cripple the NBN.
And so Turnbull did, despite apparently knowing better and despite being fêted by the tech industry as the PM who “just gets it” later did nothing to remedy Abbott’s treasonous wrecking of the NBN when he took over the reins of power.
Now the current LNP federal government under pro-religion, anti-science Prime Minister Scott Morrison has decided that the wrecked, unreliable, horrendously overpriced and slooowww NBN is no longer good enough and a few billions more will be spent on making it a little better for some.
We only began to access the NBN last year after temporarily moving house into a street nearby and its performance has been mediocre at best, often much worse than the ADSL2+ we had at the previous house.
We live in a cluster of some of the most expensive houses in the nation, amongst corporate CEOs, high-flown business executives, religious and secular private schools, nouveaux riches and no end of inherited old money and yet the infrastructure here continues to be, well, crap.
It is fair to say that our national broadband is the worst in the world, if not amongst the very worst in the world, and for that we all paid and continue to pay a fortune.
Our NBN access costs far too much for what we get and remains unreliable with frequent drop-outs and bottlenecks when gamers, school kids and the hordes of self-employed and home-workers around here log on every morning and evening and throughout the weekend.
Just try uploading a 3-minute 4K video to your YouTube channel: it can take days to finally get it up there, and if you tried to do the same for clients you would be out of business within a week, as not a few of my colleagues have discovered.
And now, the COVID-19 pandemic has only made everything much, much worse.
So now we are required to wait at least another three more years before some of us can who can afford it may have the option of the fibre-to-the-premises that was promised to all of us years ago.
Lives, educations, careers and businesses have been ruined by the LNP’s treasonous wrecking of the NBN and not a word of apology for it from this government’s cabal of anti-technology, anti-science, lying, nasty, brutish, childish little men.
- ABC News – National Broadband Network – NBN story stream
- ABC News – National Broadband Network access to be extended to millions by 2023 under $3.5b NBN plan
- Financial Review – NBN push for fibre to the home – some articles are paywalled but this one may be available for free.
- Wikipedia – National Broadband Network