Australian Government Proposes a $43 Billion Fiber Network

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Havok

 It angers me to no end when people complain about their 250 gig bandwidth caps. Up here in the chilly north of South-Eastern Ontario, Canada, I'm lucky to get 60 gigs, only if I pay an arm and a leg plus my firstborn child. I really feel for people who have even less bandwidth available. 

 

 

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Craig-g

There is only one ISP provider where I am in regional australia.  I pay $90 a month for 25GB.  And they count uploads as well as downloads.  I can go over 25GB for no extra cost, but I get my speed shaped to 64 kbps till the end of the month if I do.

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Danthrax66

This is what we need here a government funded program that puts Americans to work laying fiber across the country just like we did with phone lines after that allow open access to all internet companies so we can pick and choose a service and pass net neutrality.

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snapple00

"stingy bandwidth caps that government sees as holding back innovation"

I would really like to know what that even means. And the words "government" and "innovation" can not be used in the same sentence.

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Nuxes

"And the words "government" and "innovation" can not be used in the same
sentence."

Apollo, Manhattan Project, ARPAnet, ENIAC.... I guess you've never heard of these things.

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COMMANDER_COOK

Many of the times that a government makes bad decisions that hold back innovation is because big corporations are telling them what to do. 

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gendoikari1

What a waste. The Australian government's position on Internet censorship means $43 billion worth of fiber and nothing to use it on. 

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Danthrax66

They are planning on removing the censorship, probably because it cost too much but I think they said something about it not being the right thing to do or some other bs.

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Craig-g

Really?  First I've heard of it.  Last I heard the Greens said they believe it's going to be shelved till after the election. But Conroy was still releasing statements saying it's going forward and he's just working out the details.  While Kate Lundy was trying to organise the inhouse numbers to support an opt-in system.

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