Saturday, October 23, 2010

Respect My Authoritah!

Australian Minister of Enlightenment and Propaganda, Comrade Conroy says he will wield federal law as a weapon to force people on to the national broadband network (NBN) if the states and territories don't make connections mandatory. Sydney Morning Herald

At present, laws prevent strangers from entering private properties without permission, with some exemptions for utility employees to read gas and electricity meters. To make the new fibre connections mandatory, state governments will have to change trespass or property laws.

WTF now?

To get around restrictions, NBN Co has been collecting consent forms from households in first release sites to allow contractors onto their property. However, this 'opt in' model has left nearly half the households in Tasmania's three test sites unconnected.

You zill haz ze fibre connected!

Telstra who maintains the existing copper telephone network has signed a deal with Government worth $11 billion to “decommission” the copper network as fibre is rolled out, leaving no alternative but to use the new government fibre connection if a consumer desires fixed line services.

I'm actually quite excited about the prospect of being connected with fibre, and the great possibilities and opportunities this infrastructure will present for the nation, but Mr Conroy does have a way of making everything suck.

With the only hard wired communications network in town owned by the government, I wonder how long it will be before they legislate what constitutes legal signal transmissions. I can see everything ending up here.

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