Super Fast Broadband for Australia

The future of Broadband in Australia
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Super Fast Broadband Network

Today the Australian Government caught everyone and I mean everyone in what must have been a closely guarded secret. I believe that Telstra would have been caught napping.

It made the huge announcement that as far as the Tender process for the Broadband for Australia all bets were off!

Instead the Prime Minister Mr. Rudd and the Minister for Broadband (what else could they call him) Mr. Stephen Conroy announced that the Government would begin the establishment of a new company to build and operate a new super fast National Broadband Network.

UpDate:  This new National Broadband Network is to be known as , wait for it drum roll please...

NBNCo

Telstra Network

What a coincidence. Telstra who earlier this year was disqualified from the now cancelled NBN Tender has announced that they too will be rolling out a cable oriented high speed broadband.
This Super Fast Broadband will have speeds of up to 100Mbps and will be commenced in Melbourne and completed by the end of 2009.
This will surely be welcomed by all of the people such as me to now work from home.

Telstra for those of you who do not know is our national landline telephone company.

Telstra have previously been know under other names including:

  • PMG
  • Telecom

A few years back Telstra was sold off and formed into a Public Company and ever since then have had a very rocky relationship with the Australian Government.

Australia to get Super Fast Broadband Network
Australia to get Super Fast Broadband Network

According to the report the Super Fast National Broadband Network will:


* Connect 90% of all Australian homes, schools and workplaces with broadband services with speeds up to 100 megabits per second—100 times faster than those currently used by many households and businesses.  I find very hard to accept that even the Government believe that this will happen!
* Connect all other premises in Australia with next generation wireless and satellite technologies that will deliver broadband speeds of 12 megabits per second

*Support up to 25,000 local jobs every year, on average, over the 8 year life of the project.

Under the Rudd Government's new national broadband network every house, school and business in Australia will get access to affordable fast broadband.

Affordable that's a laugh . What is the government definition of affordable?

Who wil own this network and how will it be financed.


The Rudd Government's National Broadband Network will be built and operated by a new company specifically established by the Australian Government to carry out this project.

The Government will be the majority shareholder of this company, but significant private sector investment in the company is anticipated.

The Government will make an initial investment in this company but intends to sell down its interest in the company within 5 years after the network is built and fully operational, consistent with market conditions, and national and identity security considerations.

This company jointly owned by the Government and the private sector will invest up to $43 billion over 8 years to build the national broadband network.

The Government's investment in the company will be funded through the Building Australia Fund and the by the selling of " Aussie Infrastructure Bonds" (AIBs), which will provide an opportunity for households and institutions to invest in the national broadband network.

The new investment is also the biggest reform in telecommunications in two decades because it delivers separation between the infrastructure provider and retail service providers. This means better and fairer infrastructure access for service providers, greater retail competition, and better services for families and businesses.

Many people and I include myself have been advocating this for years.

This announcement follows the Government's decision to terminate the NBN Request for Proposals (RFP) process on the basis of advice from the independent Panel of Experts that none of the national proposals offered value for money. The Panel noted the rapid deterioration of the global economy had a significant impact on the process.

This historic nation-building investment will help transform the Australian economy and create the jobs and businesses of the 21st century.

SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE NEW NETWORK

The new superfast network will:

* connect homes, schools and workplaces with optical fiber (fiber to the premises or 'FTTP'), providing broadband services to Australians in urban and regional towns with speeds of 100 megabits per second - 100 times faster than those currently used by most people—extending to towns with a population of around 1,000 or more people
* use next generation wireless and satellite technologies that will be able to deliver 12 megabits per second or more to people living in more remote parts of rural Australia
* provide fiber optic transmission links connecting cities, major regional centers and rural towns
* be Australia's first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network
* be built and operated on a commercial basis by a company established at arm's length from Government and involve private sector investment
* be expected to be rolled-out, simultaneously, in metropolitan, regional, and rural areas.

Who will have access to this Super Fast Network

Every person and business in Australia, no-matter where they are located, will have access to affordable, fast broadband at their fingertips. Yeh right pull the other leg!!!!

High speed broadband is increasingly essential to the way Australians communicate, and do business. It will help drive Australia's productivity, improve education and health service delivery and connect our big cities and regional centres.

The Government will invest in this major nation-building infrastructure to stimulate jobs in the short-term and pay a dividend to the Australian people through enhanced productivity and innovation in the long-term.

This is a major nation-building project that will support 25,000 jobs every year, on average, over the life of the project. At its peak, it will support 37,000 jobs. Given the productivity gains associated with this investment, the full benefits will continue to flow for decades beyond the completion of the project.

The Government's announcement today has been informed by expert advice. The Panel of Experts has encouraged the Government to invest in optical fibre technology, supplemented by next-generation wireless and satellite technologies. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has also endorsed the use of FTTP as a superior technology to Fibre to the Node.

The preliminary estimate is that the enhanced NBN network will cost up to $43 billion, which has been developed taking into account advice from specialist technical advisers.

The Government's objective is to achieve 90 per cent coverage of the FTTP network, and remaining coverage to be delivered through wireless and satellite technologies, within this funding envelope. Initial advice to the Government is that this objective is achievable, but this estimate will be subject to an implementation study.

The Government will seek private investment in the company to draw on private sector capacity and expertise. However, ownership restrictions will be established to protect the Government's objective of a wholesale open-access network.

If the Government does not get sufficient funding from the private sector they will finance the whole deal themselves!

The Governments plan of action


To turn its vision into action the Government will immediately:

* Commence an implementation study to determine the operating arrangements, detailed network design, ways to attract private sector investment—for roll-out early 2010, and ways to provide procurement opportunities for local businesses.

They have not even done a feasability study yet. Wait for the sound of retreating feet folks!


* Fast-track negotiations with the Tasmanian Government, as recommended by the Panel of Experts, to build upon its NBN proposal to begin the rollout of a FTTP network and next generation wireless services in Tasmania as early as July—an immediate start on a nation-wide investment.
* Implement measures to address 'black spots' through the timely rollout of fibre optic transmission links connecting cities, major regional centres and rural towns - delivering improvements to telecommunication services in the short term.
* Progress legislative changes that will govern the national broadband network company and facilitate the rollout of fibre networks, including requiring greenfields developments to use FTTP technology from 1 July 2010.
* Make an initial investment in the network of $4.7 billion.

That's the $4.7 billion that was ready to go for the NBN Tender!
* Commence a consultative process on necessary changes to the existing telecommunications regulatory regime.

This project if it ever gets rolling will be the biggest single project our country has ever seen , included the Massive Snowy River Scheme.


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Hi agvulpes. WOW! This is the biggest news in Australia for at least ten years! Finally we can start burning bandwidth without miserable connections. I love this. This will make an enormous difference to our lives.


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

I wish the New Zealand government would doing something similar - I am dreading going back to NZ and dealing with pathetic speeds there


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

eanesthub I am so exited about this . Stay tuned there is more to come.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Lissie, you may have to consider living permanently in Australia?

We at last seem to have a PM with b**ls!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

God I wish our lot would do something like this. I'm on broadband that can't keep up with simple video transmission,and my landline, BB, cellphone package costs me $100 a month plus some usage charges.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

So mate when are you moving to Australia?


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

It could happen, we have a reciprocal pension agreement


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

G'Day AG. Good to see you survived the fires with only the slightest singe to your tail.

I was going to do a hub on this, but now I don't have to :-)

I'll be interested to see what sort of a job the government makes of it. Hope they don't use those switching components from China. Data could be siphoned off and sent to Beijing and we wouldn't know a thing about it.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

TOF what the hell another one from NZ want hurt , as long as you join up for the BB to help pay for it!

Only joking ,you would be very welcome but you will have to learn Strine and barrack for the Wallabies.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Eric , how is my second favorite Taswegian. You probably would have done a better job than I . I only found out about it on the news at 6 o'clock and really haven't had much time to digest all the details. I will be updating the top as time progresses.

I did notice the Tassy will get the first bite of the cherry. Lucky little devils .

My broadband is at the moment running at 83kbps .

 


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Don't give a stuff about sport and can speak Strine like a native. The Victorian version is damn' near Kiwi anyway.


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

@AG

Only your second favourite Tamanian? I'm cut to the quick!

We're probably first because it's the smallest state, and they can use us as guinea pigs while they work out what to do. And it makes up for the fibre optic cable that's been lying in the ground for years without being used - although it's being fired up soon, and Internode (the best ISP in OZ) will be using it.

My Broadband speed at present is 15,628 kbps. Eat ya heart out ya Victorian Drongo! :-)

@ Old Firm

You leave my old mate AG alone. Get back to the sheep.

(International readers may be wondering how I can insult AG in one breath, and then defend him in the next. It's an Aussie thing, You'll never be able to understand. )


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

TOF when you are right you are right. I do not call it sport any more. If I want sport I'll go and watch my grand daughter play netball.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Eric , Only my second best cos I have a brother living in Tas. I could make the obvious crack but I'm feeling benevolent tonight so I won't. (international readers may think Drongo is a compliment) Actually for me it is? lol

You are one lucky SOB having such fast BB. Why should we start with you then?

Its OK TOF you can leave those sheep alone!


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I heard the announcement, is fantastic news. So Rudd is pro thinking and pro doing something about it.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Jewels it sure is fantastic. I still have to find out the finer details .

This will be one of Australias biggest projects ever.


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

As with any large project, the devil is in the detail. It will be the same with RuddNet.

Details are pretty thin on the ground, but more will be released today, when Kevin Rudd (our prime minister) pays a visit to Northern Tasmania.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

I'll be interested in the cost. Telstra has such a monopoly and I feel ripped off with nowhere to go. They are going to feel the pinch from this, well at least I hope they do.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Eric is the Prime Minster Kevin Rudd (aka the "Ruddrunner" coming to see you personally , Tassie is so small he would not miss finding you?

With your broadband speed why would you need an update.

Politically he can not afford to stuff this up. There is talk of an election already?


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

wouldn't Rudd be a shoe in if an election was held?


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Eric Graudins 7 years ago from Australia

Hey AG - how come your broadband is only 83 kbps.

that's abysmal - only slighly better than dialup.

Are you a long way from the exchange, or using a steam powered modem, or what ???


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Eric I can't pedal the bike any faster (Puff puff)

We are a long way from the exchange, I am operating on 242kbps (99%) at the moment. We cannot get ADSL+ from our exchange.

I have problems at night , I believe because I am sharing with my son who likes to download movies etc. Would this be correct?


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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

agvulpes. You should update to a steam driven system like mine! Our broadband in Australia sucks! I can't wait for the government to get the fibre optics up!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Interesting topic and since I am not Australian I was intrigued to learn more.  Once a friend from Australia that I chatted with went over his broadband quota because we were instant messaging and he was accessing videos on youtube.  Is that common in Australia, or was that just the plan he was on?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

SweetPie we have a variety of plans but to get very fast broadband is very expensive for the ordinary guys like me. It seems to be the audio and video that are the killers on your bandwidth.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I was just curious. Thanks for answering my question.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

CONGRATS 100 YEA!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

gwendymom, you gotta get lucky some time or other right. ?

Thanks very much for noticing. I appreciate it.

Bugger the time zones.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oooooooooo cooool I hope this really does happen everywhere else in the world have it so good but us. Wow this is good news for me.I play online games,haha,Halo,and I am sick of lagging....Ya I get my rocket gun on there and beat all the guys there hands down.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I wonder if it will also be expensive.I think I pay at the moment around $54.00month for 1.5mb speed DSL


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

blondepoet, if my info is correct there are still places in America that does not have high speed broadband. Maybe we can get a comment from someone in America ?

Are you paying 54/m for unlimited amount of bandwidth ?

The crazy thing about the plan is that the feasability study has not yet been finalised. So we dont know how, when ,where or how much .Bloody stupid isn't it ?

Now you keep that rocket gun to yourself, or I'll have to get mine out. ;-)


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

hahha and I bet yours is loaded LMAO.Would have to see it to be sure. I get 42GB download between midnight and 12 noon and 12Gb between noon and midnight.Exetel. :)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

I'm drooling. Sorry, at your broadband not your request. lol

Which ISP are you with it sound tgtbt.?

I'm afraid if I showed you I would have to kill you. Or swmbo would kill me . Whichever came first ?


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

LMAO I am with Exetel...


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

"Yeh right pull the other leg!!!!"

Awesome Hub. I remember reading about this very same issue in relation to British Telecom and the likes. Not like we Americans have it easier, although Verizon is surely but slowly trying to encroach upon all of us.

But as far as I know...

Our government's aren't an ISP. =)

G|M


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

GeneriqueMedia , hi there how are you doin ?

I've heard of Verizon, and what I heard was not all that complimentary. Do they have a monopoly in America.

I have not heard any more news on the new network, but our biggest telco "Telstra" say they are rolling out their own new very fast system . Go figure.


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hot dorkage 7 years ago from Oregon, USA

So I was wondering what the broadband options are in Melbourne. Can I just tie into it or what?


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

hot dorkage,

There are more options here than you can poke a stick at. From Dial up to ADSL+2 . Pay as you go / Mobile / Hot Spots / More ISP's than just about anywhere else. It boils down to which area you will be working the Internet, your bandwidth requirements and your budget. Just to give you and idea I am using an Isp caled 'TPG' on a plan 'ultimate unlimited 256' connection speed is '256k/64k' and it costs $39.95/month. check the other rates out at http://www.tpg.com.au/products_services/adsl_prici...

They are the second biggest ISP after Telstra (our national land line company) . Telstra is too expensive for most people but are convenient, because they offer package deals with phones etc.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I want one too! This deal sounds too good to be true! Too bad I'm not in Australia.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Ag- So now I can load more videos on my hubs for my awesome aussie friends ;)

Jokes aside it seems to be a fantastic development. I wasn't aware of Australian speeds. Here in US we have good speeds both at the office and home. Hope you have picked some SQL skills by now. And also sorting the pictures for the email. :-)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

mayhmong, you know the old saying 'if a deal looks too good to be true it usually is'. We are still waiting for the fine print to come out in a few months. Yes it is too bad your not in Australia ;-)


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

countrywomen, Iv'e been led to believe that quite large portions of America still only have dial-up internet. I know that here on Hubpages they seem to offer a less resource hungry version for lower speeds.

I am starting to get my head aroung PHP and MSQL , if you have any tips to offer in this regard it would be most appreciated.

I am certainly looking forward to the pictures.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Hey ag, haven't been around lately and I just wanted to stop by and say hi! I looked for you on skype but you're not connected.


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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Sorry I issed you ag, but I have to get to bed now. I hope I can catch up with you another day. Hope you day goes good.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

The latest news is that Mr Trujillo says the Government is bluffing on this issue. Is it sour grapes by the ex CEO, then again in light of our own budget blowout Rudd could back out. Mad if he does cause Turnball, though full of hot air himself, would love his turn at the helm.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Jewels, My simple answer, no Mr.Rudd is not bluffing.

My own personal opinion is that poor old Sol could not get home quick enough. They have even let him go home early and I say good riddance. The new CEO has got a lot of mending to do (internal and external of Telstra)

I believe what they should do now is sit down with all the relevant heads of companies and government and have a real good talk about it. Australia only needs one network for communications and if everyone was on the same page we could have the best in the world. Lets hope common sense prevails.


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rastrother 7 years ago from Lake Jackson, Texas

im from america and i pay around 56.00 dollars a month and im suppose to get around 30 mbps. i use a website called internetspeedtest.com and my hard wired custom computer is pushing 28 mbps download and about 4mbps upload. however on my laptop which is feed internet via a router, in only getting about 12 mbps download but still around 3 to 4 mbps upload. the internet service i use is comcast cable, there located in texas.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

Wow rastrother I would love to be getting that sort of speed . Hopefully by next year we will. I use 'internetfrog.net' for speed tests.

Thanks for the comment :-)


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rastrother 7 years ago from Lake Jackson, Texas

im wrong about the webiste i use, its not internetspeedtest.com it's speedtest.net. i use this website because of the different servers you can test from. im gonna check out the site u use ag if you dont mind, im always looking for better. and i get that 28 mbps on the dallas server which is about 300 miles from where i live, i have used the server in berlin, germany and only got about 13 to 14 mbps.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia Author

ras I have used 'speedtest.net myself and they at one stage would store your results for you. Acouple of months ago I had a problem with it and it wouldn't work , I see now that it is working ok. Ive looked at different servers and cant find a faster one than my local one. Please.Let me know how you go


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PAPA-BEAR 6 years ago from London England UK

Somewhere down the line it is all supposed to come to a massive collapse, yet still it rolls on and on. In the UK we have far too many servers, most seem to be con merchants, mythical numbers that never arrive because it all depends how near you live to the system.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

yes Papa-bear you are so right. The best analogy is to look at the water supply system. The further you are away from the mains supply the slower the trickle becomes! What we are doing here in Australia(hopefully) is making the Mains supply bigger to allow more 'tributaries' to take place. I don't really think we can have too many servers. We just need the ISP's to be more honest and upfront with their promises on the bandwidth that they are promising!

Thanks for you comment!


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

AG - and here we are half way through 2010 and still no faster broadband network. Wonder if the upcoming election will change anything? I've noticed some ads telling us the new network coming. Any updates on what's happening?


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

Yes it's a very slow process ain't it?

there has been 5 sites selected to do testing on the mainland, these sites are:

* A part of the suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne

* An area of Townsville covering parts of the suburbs of Aitkenvale and Mundingburra

* The coastal communities of Minnamurra and Kiama Downs south of Wollongong

* An area of west Armidale, NSW, including the University of New England

* The rural town of Willunga in South Australia

They will not be working till next year !

I hope the broadband is faster than their installation work.

I have heard that if Liberals win the election in August they will stop the roll out (grr)

Thanks for the reminder :-)


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Yes I'd heard that about the Libs too. They would be stupid to do so. Thanks for the extra info.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia Author

I don't have a lot of time for politicians of any persuasion, look at Peter Garret for instance?

But in my position and if the Liberals keep their promise to stop the Roll-out, I will have to seriously think of voting Labor. Still as my old Dad used to say "There still has to be a lot of water pass under the bridge yet".


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lawyerssydney 5 years ago

Wow that is really good news, fast learning and business transaction.


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agvulpes 5 years ago from Australia Author

Yes if only they would pull their collective fingers out and get moving on this Super fast broadband. If they are not careful it will be overrun by technological advances and be obsolete before it is finished!

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