Regular Features Sandpit April 30, 2013 John Quiggin4 Comments A new sandpit for long side discussions, idees fixes and so on. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Australia’s broadband capacity continues to go nowhere. In our case, on the north-western periphery of Brisbane, just outside the greater metropolitan area, underperforming ADSL is the order of the day. Speed tests usually show a download speed under 5 Mbps per sec. This speed regularly decays to 3 Mbps or less. It is quite common (about a day a fortnight on average) for other problems (usually problems with the line or at the exchange) to drop the speed to less than 0.6 Mbps.
Under the current (soon to be previous) government’s NBN plan we were not due to get a broadband upgrade by 2018. Exactly when after 2018 was still a moot point. The NBN pace is glacial enough. Under an Abbott government, it is clear that broadband improvements will never happen.
I think it is safe to say that progress in infrastructure implmentation in Australia is coming to a standstill. Broadband is the canary in the coalmine. We still can’t implement extensive broadband in this country. Sth Korea did it nearly two decades ago.
Nevermind, “glacial” is getting a lot faster these days!
In other news, Australia’s self-styled “leading libertarian and centre-right blog” is blessing the UK Independence Party and is silent on a Queensland LNP MP’s proposal to place all tattooed people on a police register. It’s past time it dropped the word “libertarian” and rebadged itself “Australia’s leading barking mad adolescent tribal right blog” or something similar.