* Posts by LAURIE PATTON | CEO Internet Australia

4 posts • joined 29 Apr 2016

Australian Internet policy remains years behind reality

LAURIE PATTON | CEO Internet Australia

Internet Australia's response

For the record, we told The Register that suggesting how content could be more easily be made available was not within Internet Australia's charter. I did point out, however, that we have opposed the use of 'geoblocking' to price-gouge consumers.

LAURIE PATTON | CEO Internet Australia

For the record, I told The Register that suggesting how content could be more easily be made available was not within Internet Australia's charter. I did point out, however, that we have opposed the use of 'geoblocking' to price-gouge consumers.

NBN costs creating budget time bomb: Deloitte

LAURIE PATTON | CEO Internet Australia

Internet Australia, the NFP peak body representing Internet users, wants the Government to allow nbn to abandon its copper (FTTN) rollout in order to help minimise the amount of money it will need to borrow to complete this vital infrastructure project.

This follows the announcement that nbn is to borrow almost $20 billion from the Government, repayable in 2020/21.

CEO Laurie Patton pointed to community concerns about the limited speeds being delivered to customers on the FTTN network and to advice from IA's technical experts that FTTN will need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years' time if not sooner.

"nbn must be encouraged to use future-proofed technologies that will provide for our long term broadband requirements without the need to incur massive upgrade costs even before the business becomes profitable", Mr Patton said, "The way it looks now, at the time when they have to repay the Government they will need to borrow more money to rebuild the FTTN network".

Internet Australia believes that nbn should move to new technology options that weren't available when the Government instructed it to abandon its fibre-to-the-premises model in favour of copper.

"nbn recently acknowledged that it cannot use the Optus Pay TV cables and has decided instead to deploy more advanced fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) technology, also known as fibre to the driveway or, as nbn is now calling it, fibre to the curb (FTTC). If they have decided that FTTN is not good enough for the people who were to have the NBN delivered via Optus cables then surely they should use FTTdp for everyone? Otherwise, we will be creating a new digital divide - people with the fastest up to date service and others stuck back in the 20th Century".

Sure, let's build the NBN with technology that's not proven at scale

LAURIE PATTON | CEO Internet Australia

Hi RGP,

FTTdp is only a staging post. Advocating FTTdp is firstly about dumping copper in the distribution network, i.e. From the exchange to the premises. FTTN is a demonstrably inferior technological option because in due course the copper sections will need to be replaced. If you run fibre at least as far as the distribution point (aka fibre to the driveway) then those consumers who need or want higher speeds can, at any time, opt to have the line running from the distribution point into their premises upgraded to fibre. A full FTTP rollout is still what Internet Australia would prefer, but the current government will not go there.

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