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Australia announces historic £21bn broadband network plan

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:14 AM
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Australia announces historic £21bn broadband network plan


www.telegraph.co.uk

In a surprise decision, Kevin Rudd, the prime minister, scrapped a tender for private bids and instead announced a new state-controlled company would build the network from scratch, creating "the single largest nation-building infrastructure project in Australian history". Mr Rudd, said years of failed policy had left Australia as a "broadband backwater".

"Just as railway tracks laid out the future of the 19th century and electricity grids the future of the 20th century, so broadband represents the core infrastructure of the 21st century," he said. "Slow broadband is holding our national economy back."

He said the project to replace Australia's expensive, technologically antiquated broadband services with a national network would generate at least 25,000 jobs each year during its construction phase. Mr Rudd said the government would sell its stake in the company within five years of the completion, if conditions allowed.
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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:14 AM
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The government plans for their custom-made network for serfs to deliver broadband speeds of 100 megabits per sec, which is reportedly 100 times faster than most existing connections - to 90 per cent of Australian residents within eight years through fibre-optic cables.

The decision to reshape Australia's telecommunications landscape was meant to surprised their subjects in this nationwide development.

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:38 AM
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A faster network is good news. Now they just need to make it cheaper! Australia's ISP and bandwidth fee's are highway robbery compared to other countries.

IRM



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:40 AM
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Just a thought, perhaps someone should mention the satnet which has been operational for the pats 5 years to this politician. I mean we can download an entire encyclopedia in just over 10 seconds.

Does anyone down under understand how far a. communication systems have developed in the past 10 years. *Hint..we already have several probes on mars which are controlled from earth, i mean is that too difficult to grasp or is that perhaps you have been force fed information which does conflict with logic. ?



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:46 AM
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Anyone have the feeling this will be the internet 2 AJ keeps talking of?

After all, they won't to worry about warrants and wiretaps to monitor communications if they own and run it.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:57 AM
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Australia has one of the most modern wireless G networks in the world actually.

As for the new fibre optic network, well it can be as fast as it wants but until they lay more lines over to the USA and Asia, we're gonna have massive bottle necking occurring.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 02:00 AM
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this is all a political stunt by the government. They sold Telstra which was a government utility a few years ago. Now that they have noticed that Telstra is advancing internet services by Wireless NextG they are going to setup another government majority owned service to compete directly with Telstra.

Seem to be doing circles in my book.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 02:06 AM
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I see what you mean. Thanks for sharing that information with the public. I appreciate the questions & answers all of you have brought up, here.

It seems like this network is also known as "the grid": Very fast, and easily controlled by our common foes at military-bases & other government-controlled buildings.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 02:11 AM
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Given the current prices on bandwidth / cost, i would not be shouting that out loud.

Lets be real here, prices in Au are ludicrous, if your not sure or maybe confused, a simple search on prices regarding dedi servers and bandwidth in comparison with what IT company's are charging.
I would have to be a complete moron to own a ded server in Au given the current prices they have.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 02:12 AM
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How will this affect the recent noise about Australia banning and restricting some content across the internet?

We were worried, a couple of months ago, when it was announced that we might not be able to troll over and take a peek at some naughty international websites...

It wouldn't surprise me if Australia is given one of the best networks in the world but isn't allowed to use it!



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 02:12 AM
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They've given Telstra the option to buy in with a maximum 20% market share.

It's either that or lose a lot of customers down the track.


I'm still a bit undecided about it all.

I mean on one hand they want to control what we view by filtering and screening banned sites and then on the other they now want us to have higher speed internet.


Are they trying to save face, by making the internet sound good again?

Are they increasing the speeds because they know how much this new filter system will slow down the entire network?



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 02:26 AM
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I thought the same thing Tezza. I have a sneaking suspicion that Krudd and his Cronies (I should trademark that eh!) have plans to give us this high-speed fibre-to-the-home network in exchange for allowing their BS internet filter to be installed.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 04:18 AM
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this internet upgrade is going to be the biggest waste of taxpayers money this country has ever seen.

our health system needs an upgrade, education needs an upgrade, our public transport system is falling apart, and we are drying out like crazy.

why not spend the money on infrastructure to move the monsoonal rains that hit northern australia down to the southern states?

no leader ever has had an ambitous plan that benefits the nations infrastructure or the needs of the average person.

total load of hogwash and i hope parliament blocks it.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 04:49 AM
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N.Z is doing a similar thing but worse.We are looking at 12 years and that is only to service 75% of the population.So basically just the big cities and leaving all our rural areas still in the dark ages.Alot of rural areas still cannot get dial up speeds over 28kbs.Like one farmer said in the listener rural NZ accounts for 80% of our exports equaling billions of dollars yet alot cannot get internet at all or its so slow its useless or they have to pay ludicrous satellite wireless service.He summed it up by saying that it will allow a pimply teenager in Auckland to download a pirated movie in seconds(or watch porn in better quality)with no contribution to the economy at all while farmers and the like wait ten minutes to logon on to the net.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 05:35 AM
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At least it saves cost for sensoring websites. Probably makes it easier too



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 06:20 AM
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Just to let you know that there is a thread already on this subject posted yesterday: www.abovetopsecret.com...



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