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Guspaz
Guspaz
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Broadband as a political issue

This is how you get the government to care about broadband, you make it a political issue

»howfastisthenbn.com.au/
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Fraoch

join:2003-08-01
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Are Canadians too apathetic to do anything or do our politicians suck too much to care?


d4m1r

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said by Fraoch:

Are Canadians too apathetic to do anything or do our politicians suck too much to care?

Combination of both.
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InvalidError

join:2008-02-03
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reply to Guspaz
It is easy to promise anything and everything when you conveniently omit how much those promises may cost.

Last time I remember looking at NBN's rates, standard-priority aggregated bandwidth on it was 20k$/Gbps.


creed3020
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reply to Guspaz
Nice website. Simple but cuts to the point. The examples are powerful but wish there were some more edgy examples of how gigabit networks could be used for the "internet of things" for example.


shrug

@videotron.ca
reply to Guspaz
said by Guspaz:

This is how you get the government to care about broadband, you make it a political issue

»howfastisthenbn.com.au/

Some political parties will do anything for the young vote. But if the young vote is scarey enough to the opposition in power it makes them move.

Personally I think the AU gov has more to worry about than a political party comparing FTTP to FTTN.

You do realize this is just to get the young vote right? Nothing more.


Ian
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said by shrug :

You do realize this is just to get the young vote right? Nothing more.

You do realize voting is compulsory in Australia, right?


Shrug

@videotron.ca
said by Ian:

You do realize voting is compulsory in Australia, right?

Nope, I didn't. But it doesn't change the fact that it's to attract the young vote only.


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Those young voters, will be the mature adults with homes, families and make up the largest chunk of voting block once some of the baby boomer generation starts dying off. It may not win them the election now but it may leave a lasting impression on these "young" voters to align themselves with a specific party in the future.


Ian
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reply to Shrug
said by Shrug :

said by Ian:

You do realize voting is compulsory in Australia, right?

Nope, I didn't. But it doesn't change the fact that it's to attract the young vote only.

Just out of curiousity, how "young" do you think you need to be to want fast fiber to the home speeds? I am in my 40s and want it. My Dad is in his 70s, and also does. I think you're employing an age stereotype here without justification. And as a matter of Australian politics, the "young" vote has always tended towards the labour party, perhaps stereotypically following the old maxim "He who is not a socialist at age 20 has no heart. He who is not a conservative by age 40 has no brain." But I think we'd need to know more about NBN and the associated costs in Australia to know if this is a strong election issue or not.

If a political Party in Canada were to propose a national Fiber to the home initiative, I'd be curious to hear the details proposed. As it is the incumbents have too much of a stranglehold on policy though, regardless of who is in power. So I don't see them too happy with giving up their monopolies without a fight.
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Shrug

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I guess I can't disagree with you, Ian. But it's like you said, what else does their platform encompass?

For the young, not many care what the "else" is. They just want to see faster internet and that gets the vote. I know another stereotypical comment. But that is how I see a lot of it. That is, in regards to internet and young people.

Now, I can't see you voting for the pirate party just because they say, "Faster internet". But I can see the young doing that.

Also keep in mind, AU in the mid 2000's paid three times what we pay here (not sure about now). One company owns 90% of it all over there. It's already national. No competition to worry about, aside from forced fake-competition which is exactly like what we have here.

Is faster better when people can't even afford it? Or afford the usage? All a show for the young vote.

InvalidError

join:2008-02-03
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reply to Ian
said by Ian:

But I think we'd need to know more about NBN and the associated costs in Australia

NBN's wholesale rates are roughly in line with Rogers/Videotron wholesale rates here. In other words: worse than Bell's. Still better than what Aussies had with Telstra though.

As for "young people wanting FTTH", none of the younger people I know want it if it costs more than what they already have.


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said by InvalidError:

As for "young people wanting FTTH", none of the younger people I know want it if it costs more than what they already have.

You must know some very responsible young people.

InvalidError

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said by cybersaga:

You must know some very responsible young people.

Some of them are, others are less so.

You do not need to be particularly responsible to agree that you are already paying too much for what you are getting.