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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USA disconnecting high end users
by urkrobshaw on Tue 28th Apr 2009 10:45 UTC
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Not sure what the USA threshold is for being served a "stop leeching" notice/disconnection, but you'd be hard pressed if you moved to Australia.

Most of our "affordable" plans (less than $80/month) come with a 40-60gb per month cap. Hit the limit, and you're shaped to 64kbps for the rest of your billing month.

A scarily high proportion of "mum & dads" who didn't know any better at the time, are on 500mb per month caps, with huge excess usage fees of up to $150/GB. They are stuck on 2 year contracts. It would suck to be a first time internet user on broadband with a 2 year contract, with less than 1 CD's worth of data available to you for the entire month.

They can't youtube, hulu, upload home video's etc without selling their newborn to the largest ISP in the country. It wasn't uncommon to hear about $30,000 bills for a single months internet access when these plans were first introduced.

Speed might be a good thing in future, but can you imagine a 100mbit fibre connection, with a 500mb/month limit?

Be very very grateful that your 200gb/month puts you in the top 1000 user range ;)

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