[clug] [OT] When the rubber meets the road, even "Free" needs funding.

David Austin david at d-austin.net
Thu Jun 11 05:28:54 MDT 2015

Thanks for drawing this to my attention Steve...  and a reminder for
everyone else -
only 2 hours and $2227 to go!


On 7 June 2015 at 12:10, steve jenkin <sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au> wrote:

> Can you spare $10, $20 or $50 'for a good cause'? A book on political
> mismanagement of technology policy.
> The ALP has stated it will continue with the current LNP "Mixed Technology
> NBN”, or Copper Only Network.
> If that happens, we know from the 1993 Cable TV rollout, that _nothing_
> will be upgraded for the next 25+ years.
> After the next election, no government again will ever sponsor a Full
> Fibre Rollout - it will be electoral poison.
> Telstra won’t roll out Fibre and continue its policy since 1995 (yes!) and
> will actively block all attempts at Full Fibre to customers.
> This is important:
>   the next election is the very last time the Australian taxpayer, voter
> and worker gets to say “give us Full Fibre” to the Political Classes.
> If you ever want more than 12Mbps to your home and 100Mbps to your
> workplace, now is the time to start agitating for it.
> There’s just 4 days left on the kickstarter campaign, so ‘think about it’
> for only a minute or two.
> Please pass this note on if you think “this is something”. Otherwise, I
> thank you for your indulgence.
> <https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/renai/the-frustrated-state>
> I’ll kick in $100 if it looks like Renai will get over $35k - at which
> point he’s promised to send out a bunch of print copies to politicians.
> Just now the campaign is at $30,900.
> Renai is a professional technology journalist who wrote about the NBN
> during 2013 and for the last year has taken a break working in the office
> of Senator Scott Ludlam, The Greens.
> I might not agree with all of what he writes, including I suspect large
> slabs of his upcoming book, but he’s doing something and trying to create
> awareness and community debate about the NBN and Technology Policy in
> general.
> That’s a very good thing.
> Renai’s Delimiter site.
> <http://delimiter.com.au>
> I think Full Fibre NBN is critical for the future jobs of everyone under
> 30 now.
> We know from the 1993 Cable TV rollout, that whatever is done now with the
> NBN won’t be revisited for 25-35 years.
> The ALP has said it will maintain Turnbull’s Plan for a Copper Only
> Network - they’re backing away from Full Fibre.
> The next election is when we decide if Australia for 2020-2040 has a
> competitive, pervasive broadband network to sustain Business and Services,
> or not.
> The Global Economy and the Internet has already shrunk the world, the next
> step is on-line everything:
>   will we deliberately exclude ourselves or not?
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