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Collection of links about the NBN and the LNP alternative

Collection of links about the NBN and the LNP alternative

Collection of links about the NBN and the LNP alternative

Published : 20 January 2016 Author : Pascal Grosvenor Comments :

Originally published April 11, 2013 over at https://pascalgrosvenor.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/collection-of-links-about-the-nbn-and-the-lnp-alternative/


With all the claims and counter claims going back and forth via Twitter or Facebook, I've been getting frustrated.... There's lots of incorrect facts, and sometimes outright lies, being stated.  People on both sides of the political debate have been guilty of this.

My goal was to collate some of the articles I've read about the NBN Co's FTTH or the LNP's FTTN alternative in one place.

FTTH is Fibre to the Home (sometimes referred to as FTTP or Fibre to the Premise) FTTN is Fibre to the Node (the Telstra junction box at the end of the street) I thought other people might find this useful too. I will be updating the list now & then.  I'm trying to present articles from both sides of the debate.


Please post your comments or suggestions for extra articles to include.  I won't accept anything from either the ALP website or the Liberal party website or politicians (because blatantly one sided...).

Note re Comments : Any comments with swearing or personal abuse of me (or anyone else) will not be approved.  Play the ball not the person ...


 New links added 18/4/13 - they're highlighted in yellow.


Disclaimer : I'm personally in favour of the ALP's NBN. I think it's the best option.


Technical/ IT based blog posts :


Credibility And The Alternate NBN (by @mwyres) http://michaelwyres.com/2013/04/credibility-and-the-alternate-nbn/

Not All Technology Is Equal (by @sortius) http://sortius-is-a-geek.com/?p=2883 Coalitions NBN plan to stop consumers taking control of media (by @sortius)

Why not FTTN ? NBN Myths (comparing FTTN speeds)  http://nbnmyths.wordpress.com/why-not-fttn/

Coalition's NBN plan: where's the cost of the copper?  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/14/coalition_broadband_plan/

@sortius on how and why the Coalition's NBN policy is designed to fail (australiansforhonestpolitics.wordpress.com)

Comments by ex Telstra linesman  http://fibreorcopper.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/broadband-user-experiences/#comment-2

Articles in favor of FTTN :


Why the Coalition's NBN plan makes sense  http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/why-the-coalitions-nbn-plan-makes-sense-20130410-2hkx2.html

Broadband utopia is a pipedream: analyst http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/broadband-utopia-is-a-pipedream-analyst-20130411-2hnl8.html#

Turnbull has saved the NBN  http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/4/10/infrastructure/turnbull-has-saved-nbn

The case against /problems with FTTN - told by photos :


Worst of the worst: Photos of Australia’s copper network  http://delimiter.com.au/2012/05/01/worst-of-the-worst-photos-of-australias-copper-network/

Some more articles :


#Fraudband is an #NBN fail, even for punters  By Stephen Neate

A tale of two NBNs: the Coalition’s broadband policy explained  http://theconversation.com/a-tale-of-two-nbns-the-coalitions-broadband-policy-explained-13304

News articles & opinion pieces from mainstream media :


The Coalition's NBN policy is a triumph of short-termism over long-term vision (pcauthority.com.au)

NBN $17b cheaper, but slower (smh.com.au)

Coalition NBN Policy: Six Things To Think About (gizmodo.com.au)

Coalition's NBN alternative bad for regional Australia : says telco expert http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/coalitions-nbn-alternative-bad-regional-aus/1823370/ …

NBN debate full of 'erroneous' information  http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/nbn-debate-full-of-erroneous-information-20130404-2h8m9.html

Telstra will decide Coalition's NBN: Hackett  http://www.zdnet.com/au/telstra-will-decide-coalitions-nbn-hackett-7000013724/

Personal accounts of people now using the NBN : (or who want to be on the NBN asap)

Imagining an amazing innovative future with Labor’s NBN http://australiansforhonestpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/imagining-an-amazing-innovative-future-with-labors-nbn

Jack McCaw’s NBN story http://australiansforhonestpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/jack-mccaws-nbn-story/

We are now connected to the NBN. Here's a run-down on the install. And the speed! http://alankerlin.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/we-are-now-connected-to-nbn-heres-run.html

Pass or fail? Kiama mum grades the NBN http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1356891/pass-or-fail-kiama-mum-grades-the-nbn/?cs=12

Why Jake’s impatient for the NBN http://australiansforhonestpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/why-jakes-impatient-for-the-nbn/

Examples of other countries deploying FTTH :


Benefits of Ultra-Fast Broadband  http://ufb.org.nz/benefits/

Japan launches world's fastest home internet 2Gbps : http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/japan-launches-worlds-fastest-home-internet-20130416-2hxge.html

Taking on Provo, Utah failure proves Google is serious about FTTH http://www.tellusventure.com/blog/taking-on-provo-failure-proves-google-is-serious-about-ftth/

France Telecom strikes FTTH network pact with Bouygues Telecom  http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/france-telecom-strikes-ftth-network-pact-bouygues-telecom/2012-01-17#ixzz2QnW70ZIF

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