Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 27th Apr 2009 21:36 UTC
Internet & Networking Earlier this month, Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gave the go-ahead on a vast project that will establish a national high-speed network providing 90% of homes and businesses in Australia with fiber-optic 100Mbps Internet, courtesy of the government; the last 10% will be covered with a 12Mbps connection via wireless and satellite. Not only will a vast amount of taxpayers be guaranteed an Internet connection, but this will also provide 37,000 jobs at the apex of construction, a plus in these troubling times. Now CSIRO has jumped on the bandwagon with ideas of how to provide the last 10% (and anyone else who wants a wireless option) with a solid wireless Internet connection with speeds eventually reaching 100Mbps versus the government's proposed 12Mbps. They'll be utilizing the analog TV infrastructure for widespread wireless, which is obviously largely in place already. All in all, both networks most likely won't be available to any of the public for at least five years.
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Cost ???
by cade on Tue 28th Apr 2009 05:10 UTC
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I have wondered what the monthly rate will be for access to this new network.

One article, i.e.

hypothesizes a $200 per month fee.

Even if this is extreme, then even $100 per month is still hard to gulp especially when many people are happy (or forced ?) to pay about $50 per month for their Internet connection.

The potential to have fast Internet access is a good idea but then again not everybody may need the fastest Internet and these people are probably happy with current Internet speeds.

e.g. If the Internet is just used like a newspaper, then you don't need lightning-fast Internet.

Even if your Internet experience takes a second or two longer, so what ?

Note that as we progress and become more of an on-demand society, people's patience start to deteriorate.

e.g. Remember upgrading from dial-up to broadband Internet. Many people, after sampling broadband for a while, would never have felt going back to dial-up Internet. This is rightly-so since the technological change was significant. However, upgrading within broadband technologies may not be as extreme (in Internet experience at least) and you'd wonder about the "bang-per-buck" value when going to the upgraded network.

Then again, a much quicker connection may be required to offset any slow-down of Internet speed due to Rudd's Internet filter.

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