[ExI] broadband in Oz

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 13:10:26 UTC 2009

2009/1/2 Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>:
> fwiw:
> <http://www.marketresearch.com/product/print/default.asp?g=1&productid=1539701>
> ...broadband penetration is proceeding at high speed in Australia. By
> mid-2007 there were close to 4.5 million subscribers [pop. circa 20
> million]. In the residential market this means a broadband penetration of
> close to 64% in Internet households (46% of total households). In the
> business market, this figure is over 80%.
> While the penetration of broadband in Australia is catching up with its
> trading partners it is still lagging behind in the quality of broadband
> provided by the operators, and in the price customers have to pay. The
> majority of customers are still on services that provide only 256Kb/s or
> 512Kb/s. Telstra, however, does make an 8Mb/s available, but this is not a
> guaranteed speed, only a best-effort service.

Even worse than the slow and expensive and the almost-bungled new
broadband network government initiative is the proposal for mandatory
censorship of the Internet, as in China:


Stathis Papaioannou

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