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What you had to say on the policies and stories coming out of the election campaign

Computerworld Australia has collated all the things our readers have been saying about the election news, both in the forums and in comments.

Here’s what you had to say on: The Coalition’s official announcement of its broadband policy

“I'd like to know where the "node" is, because the current copper radiates from Telstra exchanges only. So, are we creating more nodes, redirecting existing copper and laying more copper to make up for the lack of infrastructure that leads to pair gain and other limitations now? If so, wouldn't we just lay fibre?

Also seems that apparently because 2.5M homes supposedly have fibre services now, the other 6M (rising to 7.5M in 2021) are OK to run at differeing and substandard speeds? I'll bet those 2.5M homes are in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Speed of light for a 30,000 km round trip to and from a satellite. Sounds like if they plan to make that "better" than the NBN proposal that the coalition have a plan to adjust the laws of physics.

I think the only white elephant in this equation has large ears and stutters alot when he's lying to us.” – said Simmo on Coalition launches $6.25 billion alternative broadband plan.

Here’s what you had to say on: The Coalition’s confusing broadband policy

“From what I've read, it appears that the Coalition is promising almost bugger all. People who can't get ADSL2 at the moment will finally be able to get it (courtesy of a few well-placed bribes...err investments thrown at Telstra), a select few will be blessed with (obsolete) HFC, and the remaining people who already have ADSL2 will get absolutely nothing. Oh, and they've thrown in a smattering of wireless on top. To use a food analogy, the Liberals have responded to Labor's 3-course dinner with a McDonald's Happy Meal. It's only redeeming quality is the price.

What I also found particularly hilarious was the claim that their policy is going to "remove competition bottlenecks," yet they adamantly refuse to do a single thing about the biggest competition bottleneck of them all (Telstra). But if the Coalition were to split up Telstra they'd basically be admitting that they grossly mishandled the sell-off in the first place. And we all know what happens when politicians and governments actually admit to stuffing things up...” – said Bah on Speed confusion dogs Coalition broadband policy.

Here’s what you had to say on: The Libs’ broadband network using the analogue spectrum

“It's funny how these people can just throw around willy nilly without actually knowing the full impact. 1. The don't know how well the Analogue spectrum will work delivering broadband

2. I can build a network between two computers with a piece of string and a couple of semi conductors - Might get a byte or 2 across this, but it isn't useable...

I guess my point is, it can be done, but in the long run, how well is it going to work? No where near that of a Fiber network.

In 10 years time, Australia will be again be behind the 8 ball.

The other issue is, Towers will become congested with wifi, it's happening to the mobile network now with more and more people using 3G data services. The only true way to delivery reliable wireless data services is the following ways.

1. Invent a completely new technology

Fiber to the home was the best idea the government has come up with in a long time.” – said Shayne on Coalition to use analogue TV spectrum for its broadband network.

Here’s what you had to say on: The CCC’s claim the opposition’s broadband plan will make the market worse

“Well actually the market will remain more competitive than under the NBN. With ADSL2+ plans from TPG, they are cheaper and offer more downloads with faster throttle speeds and also offer unlimited. The NBN's best plan is 300GB which is well over $100 when on TPG's $69.99 200GB with 4mbps throttle I can download about 1TB each month. I see this as very competitive and I think the opposition is doing the correct thing by increasing bandwidth on backbones to stop any congestion.” – said lorro90 on Opposition broadband plan to make market worse: CCC.

Here’s what you had to say on: Analyst claims the Libs’ broadband policy is lacking vision and leadership

“I agree with Mr Budde. Those who oppose the NBN just don't get it, they can only see the cost. The Liberals plan is just more of the same where 1 or 2 players pick and choose where they want to operate. The NBN will bring new businesses, new services and content. Imagine virtual conferencing where you don't have to travel on the red eye to get to your interstate meeting. or remote healthcare diagnosis and treatment so those in remote areas can enjoy medical care taken for granted in the city. Where world experts in health and science located in other parts of the world can be involved in conferences here rather than having to get on a plane and all costs and timewasting that overseas travel brings.” – said Waz R on Opposition broadband plan lacks leadership and vision: Budde.

Here’s what you had to say on: ISP’s criticism of the opposing broadband policy

“It’s easy for most people to follow the analogy between the highway transport system and broadband information transport.

The general tax revenue partially pays, the trucking companies and fuel companies are the obvious subsidised beneficiaries, but economic effects and benefits are distributed across the economy. Any taxpayer must buy a registered vehicle and petrol, and want to drive a highway, to gain any direct personal benefit.

The Libs approach to information transport is similar to selling off the NSW RTA or VicRoads run highways to private investor funds for resale of parts as "vertically integrated businesses" able to control all food and fuel sales, and run trucking businesses without paying the wholesale tolls levied on any competitors.

The need for public ownership raises the problem of bureaucratic corruption and decay, and effective auditing, whistleblower protections, ICACs, and jail terms for white collar sleazebags.

This is better than a Telstra psuedo monopoly, hidden behind walls of QCs, pollies in the pocket, and hedge fund secret deals.” – said Ian on ISPs rip shreds off Opposition broadband policy.

Here’s what you had to say on: The idea that the parties should be thinking multiples on broadband

“I agree with this wholeheartedly. I'm currently setting up a school with Internet access, and the only choice we really have is an ADSL2+ connection that synchs at less than 10Mbps. For several hundred students and admin staff, this is quite simply inadequate. Business grade fibre is simply out of the question as they do not have thousands to spend on this kind of connection per month. The NBN is absolutely needed to address this current shortfall in affordable, adequate bandwidth, and will very soon be required even for average home use, if growth in bandwidth requirements over the last 10 years are anything to go by.” – said James on Opinion: We need to think in multiples on broadband.

Here’s what you had to say on: Tony Abbott’s inability to explain the basics of his party’s broadband policy

“Abbott and his team have put forward some interesting, and occasionally 'good' arguments. But it should be clear to all that his team is only interested in cutting expenditure, at the expense of Australias future.” – said Daniel on Abbott struggles with broadband basics.

Here’s what you had to say on: The Coalition’s answer to Labor’s mandatory ISP-level filter

“No Filter will be effective, a College I'm associated with recently caught students that had setup their own php proxy site. If they'd done a couple more clever things like run it over https and not downloaded massive files through it, we may never had noticed it.

The funniest bit, the students had set it up to bypass home filtering, then realised if it worked for home maybe it'd work at school.

Filters are good to stop accidental viewing of undesired material, they will not stop a determined user that has a least 2 functioning brain cells.” – said Matt Munro on Coalition to spend $90 million on PC-based content filtering and cyber-safety program>/i>.

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