Posts Tagged ‘ NBN ’

Those in the know are talking, but will Julia listen?


Rhetorical question…

THE National Broadband Network model proposed by the Coalition if it wins power would be faster and cheaper to roll out than the $36 billion design being pursued by Labor, Telstra has declared.

Telstra chief executive David Thodey said that adopting the fibre-to-the-node network – the model favoured by an Abbott government – would be lower-cost and faster than the approach of laying fibre to the home and could result in faster payments to the telco for the use of its infrastructure.

Because Julia, in case you didn’t notice, we don’t have a spare $36 billion lying around any more.

Fair Work Australia is a joke


Unbelievable. Something and a half to wake up to…

FAIR Work Australia’s three-year investigation into alleged criminal conduct by Labor MP Craig Thomson collapsed yesterday when the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Chris Craigie SC, said FWA’s report was useless for the purpose of levelling possible charges.

Only a day after FWA general manager Bernadette O’Neill announced the 1100-page report on the Health Services Union had been referred to the CDPP, Mr Craigie issued a statement saying it did not constitute a brief of evidence. The move means that FWA, which under Ms O’Neill has refused to co-operate with NSW and Victorian police investigating Mr Thomson, has achieved no result in terms of advancing any possible criminal prosecution, despite years of work and millions of dollars of public expenditure.

Wow. Just, wow.

Andrew Bolt asks, “What fresh hell greets Gillard today?”

Well, there’s the above. There’s the destruction of the Aussie Building and Construction Commission* which of course would have nothing to do with the spectacular face-plant that was the BER.

Tony Abbott may as well go on vacation.

I thought Fabian Socialism – of which our PM is an adherent – was meant to incrementally change Australia over decades, not destroy the Labor Party, her party, in mere months.

UPDATE

Regarding the FWA/Craig Thompson farce, Tony Abbott describes it as “an obstruction of justice orchestrated by friends of the current government”.

*The old ABCC’s job’s to be done by… union hacks Fair Work Australia now. Hmm, I remeber my BER mole stating that his/her company had sent compalints about the unions to the ABCC. I wonder if they were ever investigated properly before a desperate PM in damage control dismantled the one real avenue for recourse builders had.

UPDATE II

Na, na, FWA is independent, says Juliar.

That woman has no shame. I almost feel sorry what this apparently really nice person is doing to herself.

Would you pay $1700 for an internet connection?


No?

Well bad luck. You are.

US firm Space Systems/Loral has won the $620 million contract for two satellites to provide high-speed broadband to areas in remote Australia.

But read on and we see how this $620,000,000 will actually be spent.

NBN Co is the federal government-owned enterprise charged with rolling out fibre optic cable broadband to 93 per cent of Australia’s 13 million homes, schools and businesses by 2021.

OK. So we have 93% of 13 million premises or 12,090,000 premises.

Fixed wireless technology will provide high-speed internet to four per cent of premises and the remaining three per cent will be supplied by satellite technology to remote areas.

Got that? Just 3% of 12,090,000 premises will be supplied by these two satellites worth $620,000,000. So we’re talking $620,000,000 to connect 362,700-odd premises.

That works out at almost $1710 per premises. And that’s not much bang for OUR buck. The cost benefit simply isn’t there.

Now I’m not saying people in remote areas shouldn’t have internet. They already do anyway, however. For example, the School of the Air has been supplanted by lessons delivered via the internet… via satellite no less.

But why is the government picking winners and losers rather than the market? I can understand when it comes to kids’ education, but when it’s just for the internet in general… nup.

The government doesn’t pay for my internet connection and it probably doesn’t pay for yours, so why should it pay for anyone else’s? This is the antithesis to a healthy free market.

And especially, why should it pay a whopping $1700 of our tax dollars for each internet connection for a select few?

Also, with this $620,000,000 contract signed, even if a new government backs out of the over-priced, obsolete and unnecessary NBN, the contract with that satellite mob will still either have to be honoured or heavy exit penalty fees will have to be paid.

Considering this government won’t last, and a new government won’t continue with the NBN, essentially Gillard just threw away $620,000,000 today.

Just ditch the NBN in its entirety


One can understand going the fibre optic cable route in a small, densely populated country like South Korea, but to do this in Australia is folly – not least with ever-better wireless technology coming out on almost a daily basis.

Watchdog must reject NBN’s anti-competitive deals

ROD Sims, the recently appointed chairman of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, has in his power the ability to derail, if not destroy, the government’s $43 billion National Broadband Network.

Indeed, given the bombshell in the discussion paper the ACCC released yesterday on Telstra’s so-called structural separation undertaking, which underpins the $11bn (post-tax) deal between Telstra and the NBN Co, he may have no option but to block deals that are vital to the NBN’s success.

In its 207-page discussion paper the ACCC reveals for the first time that the deal, which will see Telstra close its copper network and stop providing broadband on its pay-TV cable network, in competition with the NBN, is dependent on a “condition precedent” that beggars belief. The paper states that the deal between Telstra and NBN Co is “subject to a condition precedent that NBN Co commits to Telstra that it will enter into an arrangement with Optus regarding the closure of its HFC [pay-TV] network”.

In a country as large as Australia, with such relatively small population density, it’s madness to overlook wireless technologies.

In a capitalist country, it’s madness to create a new monopoly – created by dictum of government.

Scrap the NBN, Rod, and save us $40-odd billion that we don’t have in the first place.

BS


Global warming BS has really been doing the rounds lately, hasn’t it?

Green’s leader Bob Brown wants to get his hands on the media… well media that doesn’t toe his BS line, anyway.

Labor apparatchiks GetUP! is coming to Julia’s rescue by offering her a forum tonight. Yes, much better to have it tightly controlled than be going into any shopping centres again!

Speaking of that carbon tax, the inevitable scamming has begun.

Here’s a squiz into Malcolm Turnbull’s possible motivations behind an ETS (I think you may know already). Tsk, tsk, Malcolm.

And over in the States, come September, our American friends are going to be subjected to 24 hours of non-stop BS in Al Gore’s latest brainwashing effort.

Finally, in non climate-related BS, how come it’s costing the UK 53 times less than Australia to deliver high speed broadband?

H/T All the fine folks here.

Europe: don’t do it, Julia


And they’d know. Remember their carbon market collapsing last month?

STEPHEN LONG: A group of international economists, historians and scientists is warning the Gillard Government that moving to an emissions trading scheme is a mistake. The Hartwell Group cautions that the European Union’s ETS has been little more than a means for banks and hedge funds to make money.

Well I’ll be… no way!

EMMA ALBERICI: Thirteen and a half euros represents a steep drop in the price of pollution, a 30 per cent fall over the year. To some that’s a market crash.

The Hartwell Group of international economists, historians and climate scientists are warning Australia that this market-based approach to tackle global warming doesn’t work.

Perhaps not. But Julia needs to balance her budget somehow. She has a $36 billion unnecessary NBN (private sector, anyone? supply and demand?) to cough up some cash for, too.

H/T JustMEinT, currently pondering Inuit warning signs.

Net censoring begins


This does not bode well.

MOST Australian internet users will have their web access censored next month after the country’s two largest internet providers agreed to voluntarily block more than 500 websites from view.

Telstra and Optus confirmed they would block access to a list of child abuse websites provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and more compiled by unnamed international organisations from mid-year.

But internet experts have warned that the scheme is merely a “feel-good policy” that will not stop criminals from accessing obscene material online and could block websites unfairly.

Ah, yes. It’s for the kiddies. Don’t be bulled by that one. Any pedo with TOR will be able to get around that.

This isn’t a campaign against pedos. It’s a campaign against you, me*, and every other Australian. It’s a campaign that can, in theory, allow governments to flush down the memory hole, any information that the government-of-the-day doesn’t want you to see.

But before you skip over to Alex Jones’ site to catch the latest, remember this censorship will be done via the dictum of government.

I’ll give you an example. Installed on all the computers at any given Korean school is filtering software designed to protect the poor kiddies’ fragile minds.

There’s one problem, however. It doesn’t work. For example, at work, I’m blocked access to the Daily Telegraph but not its blogs section. I’m also denied access to sites such as the Guardian newspaper and wired.com.

Yet I’m freely able to google “great tits“, and even peruse the notorious /b/NOT that I do at work, JFTR…**

All told, web censorship only amounts in multiple giant cock-ups that are nothing more than a frustrating inconvenience that neither serves nor protects anybody.

That said, governments of the future could well apply more sinister censorship in the future.

Web censorship is not a road any free society should want to journey down.

I’ll give Communications Minister Stephen Conroy the benefit of the doubt however at this stage and merely label him an ignorant, idealistic idiot.

I can not give such benefit to Fabian Socialists such as Julia Gillard and supposed climate science authority and ex (?) political stooge Anna-Maria Arabia, however.

And to think the government wants to, via the NBN, own our entire Internets in Australia.

Is that really a fair price to pay to get high speed a little before we otherwise would anyway?

*I’ll be back in Oz one day, I guess…

**It was a one-off test after being frustrated at not being able to click certain reputable blog links due to their stupid, useless filter.

NBN price rise


It could well be the case. It happened with the BER. Has a government project ever come in on or under budget?

CONSTRUCTION companies pitching to build Labor’s National Broadband Network say the cost of capital works for the mammoth project could surge more than 50 per cent above forecasts to as much as $20 billion unless the NBN Co drastically revamps its bungled tender process.

Julia’s NBN blue screen of death


It’s like your computer crashing before it’s even been turned on.

CONTRACTORS are taking as vindication the decision by NBN Co’s head of construction to quit, following the government-backed company’s controversial indefinite suspension of a multi-billion tender to build the broadband fibre network.

Head of construction Patrick Flannigan formally resigned his position at NBN Co yesterday after the group made the shock announcement on Friday to abandon the main building tender, claiming the bids from the shortlisted 14 companies were too expensive.

Accusations the construction industry was price gouging on the tender sparked fury among the contracting groups and their ire was further inflamed when it was revealed NBN Co was seeking to hire a subsidiary of Leighton Holdings to take-up the majority of the work.

The BER train wreck rolls on


Another government whitewash inquiry won’t be enough. Nothing short of a Royal Commission will suffice.

THE nation’s most powerful building union has called for a federal government inquiry into a string of corporate collapses on Building the Education Revolution projects, which have left 300 sub-contractors with about 1000 employees owed about $20 million.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is stepping up pressure on Julia Gillard to launch a public inquiry into the collapse of three construction companies contracted by Bovis Lend Lease on 22 NSW school sites and three NSW public housing projects.

The calls came amid complaints to police over alleged false statutory declarations and threats by Coffs Harbour sub-contractors to launch a class action to recover the money they are owed.

And we want to trust this Gillard government with the NBN, conservatively estimated to be double the cost of her $16-odd billion BER???

Tonight’s internet speed test


Julia? You’re doin’ it wrong.

Er, Julia? Stephen?


How utterly useless can the NBN get?

THE National Broadband Network business case proves taxpayers’ $27.5 billion investment in the plan will be repaid with interest, Julia Gillard has declared.

The NBN Co business plan, released today, estimates households could pay between $53 and $58 a month for a basic internet services with speeds of 12 megabits per second.

Building the network will take nine and a half years, with a rollout peak of 5900 premises a day during construction, but some 1.7 million homes, businesses and schools are expected to be connected by June 2013.

OK, let’s leave aside the 100 Mbs promise – that’s not for the basic service – and look at the rest. 12 Mbs in nearly a decade at around $55 per month.

Ummm, I’m getting about 50 Mbs for downloads and about 20 Mbs for uploads… now. I, too, pay about $55 per month but that includes premium package satellite TV with almost 150 channels including VOD with a wide range of movies, documentaries and TV shows.

Am I missing something here, or is the NBN Australia’s most expensive dud?

NBN FAIL


Lauded to reach speeds of 100 megabits per second, Australia’s $43 billion NBN is thus far only capable of about 30 megabits per second, even after months of trying to fix it.

In related news, this is one time I wouldn’t mind if the pollies took their summer vacation “early”.

H/T

Australia’s secret NBN


The Gillard’s refusal to release the 400-page NBN business plan looks bad. If it’s a *cough* good *cough* plan, wouldn’t she be desperate to release it? Her inaction – secrecy if you will – speaks volumes. It basically lets us know even the Gillard knows the NBN is a dud.

And that bloody Bob Katter. OK, so his vote wouldn’t have been enough to force the government to release the “plan” ( Greenie Adam Bandt’s was needed too, and we all know he’ll never vote with the Coalition), but his vote would have been enough to get Turnbull’s private member’s bill over the line. This bill, to have the NBN properly analysed by the Productivity Commission – effectively a cost/benefit analysis – was defeated by, yep, one vote, and one of those vote’s was Katter’s.

ALP underestimated Abbott, and very nearly paid the price


If it weren’t for a post-election deal with the Devil Greens, we all know Labor would be in Opposition. Well, Labor’s national secretary has come out and said the other things we all know.

DAMAGING leaks, Mark Latham, and low expectations of Tony Abbott almost cost Labor the 2010 election, the ALP national secretary has said.

Karl Bitar has conceded that Labor had made some obvious mistakes during the campaign and its first term of government.

Numbered among those mistakes were: a failure to sell its accomplishments because of the “15 minute media cycle’’, the proposed citizen’s assembly on climate change, the Parramatta-to-Epping rail link, and the decision to announce that the “Real Julia’’ Gillard was taking charge of the campaign as it veered off course.

They very nearly didn’t get there, and as Andrew Bolt points out, now they don’t know where they’re going. And before anyone jumps up citing any Bolt bias, he’s merely quoting ALP power broker, Graham Richardson.

It makes you wonder who, if anyone, will knife Gillard in the back like she knifed Rudd. Rudd would likely think there would be a certain poetic justice in that.

Meanwhile, the only thing Gillard could possibly claim is new and going somewhere – the NBN – continues to blunder along. That is, if you were to think of a high-speed train wreck as a “blunder”.

It looks like some real, detailed costings will be coming out soon which one would have to imagine will be a PR nightmare.

And the telcos are still trying (in vain?) to get the message across to an ever increasingly stubborn Julia that Australia’s biggest white elephant will risk millions, and could well lead to multi-million dollar compo requests.

The ACCC is looking into all this as well.

More.

And speaking of whether Julia is better at working for business or against it, the joint-venture proposal down in Tasmania has fallen apart. Now it’s just Julia.

Wow, in five short months, she’s making KRudd seem palatable and more and more Australians are realising how odoriferous she is.

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