Another rant about the NBN

The costs to Australian consumers on the NBN is higher than other western world countries because the dickheads running NBNCo. (under the direct control of Turnbull and the LNP) have set up a pricing model that intends to charge taxpayers TWICE AGAIN for something they’ve already paid for. It’s actually Federal Treasury (read:taxpayer) funds which are covering the costs of construction of the NBN; in other words, YOUR money!

Let’s say you’ve just bought a block of land in a new housing estate. If you want NBN fibre to your home, you have to pay the estate developer for that fibre cable to be laid on your block, ready to connect. Once the house is built, you pay NBNCo. to install the network termination device. Then you’re expected to pay twice what other countries are paying for a service that’s one tenth the speed they’re getting?

In layman’s terms, the assholes in the LiberalNational Party are making you cover the costs of building a Holden factory, then when you want to own your own Commodore you pay an entrance fee to walk in the showroom, where you hand over a delivery fee for a base model Evoke 3L V6 which then costs you twice as much per month to run as people in Singapore are paying for a SS Black 6.2L V8. What’s even worse? The factory you’re paying the Government to build is the exact same one other countries are knocking down right now, just so they can build better cars faster and cheaper in a more modern facility!

Here’s another set of facts for you. Fibre To The Premises is better than Fibre To The Node, simply because:
(a) FTTP provides much higher data transfer speeds than any form of copper infrastructure can achieve,
(b) FTTP does not need electrical energy at each distribution hub whereas a FTTN node box needs its own electricity supply,
(c) FTTN can be severely affected by weather and network congestion while FTTP is not,
(d) future upgrade costs of FTTP are nowhere near as high as upgrading FTTN to a full fibre-to-client network, and
(e) it actually takes less physical and technical expertise to run a fibre cable from a distribution hub down every street and connect each home than it does to replace the dilapidated copper pairs and connect each of them to a brand new node box.

Australia’s two largest privately owned multinational telecoms companies, Telstra and Optus, are making billions from selling their 30+ year old copper junk and 20+ year old Hybrid Fibre Coaxial cables to us taxpayers, which includes payments for repairs to and replacement of any cables found to be not fit for service. You’ve already paid for the copper and HFC that’s in the ground, then Optus/Telstra demand you pay them again to replace those cables if they’re no good? Fool is you if you think that’s smart use of what is essentially Your money!

When construction of the FTTN network throughout Belmont NSW and surrounding suburbs commenced over two years ago, well over 50% of the existing Telstra copper in the ground was replaced before the network was deemed able to support speeds of up to 100mbps over FTTN, at an additional cost just shy of $1.5 million BEFORE THE NETWORK WAS EVEN READY FOR SERVICE! The thing is, what went wrong with the rollout there isn’t just a single occurrence; it’s happening in almost every older ‘brownfield’ in Australia where FTTN is being installed! The question is, how could anyone with even a modicum of common sense suggest that the service which FTTN is currently providing to the average customer in those suburbs that have it is good value for money?

Infotech experts across the country believe that, had the money spent on the LNP’s ‘Multi-Technology Mix‘ since the project began been used to follow a streamlined version of Labor‘s original FTTP network design, the number of premises passed by FTTP would be very close to that which currently have FTTN NBN services, along with a dramatic decrease in the numbers of people complaining about the piss-poor quality services provided over their FTTN connection. Add to that, if the (average) AU$100 per month residential customers are now paying for unlimited data at an inconsistent 100mbps bought them the same unlimited data but at a stable 1000mbps over FTTP, with prices for lower speed tiers exponentially reducing from $100 down to $24.95 for a 50mbps service, Australia wouldn’t have a telecoms network that’s ranked 60th in the world!

Imagine this pricing structure (charged per month), that the government would set as a maximum retail price for each and every connection to the NBN:
$99.95 = unlimited data @ 1000mbps down 400mbps up + free untimed VOIP calls to local & national landlines + 10c per minute calls to Australian mobile phones;
$74.95 = unlimited data @ 500mbps down 200mbps up + free untimed VOIP calls to local & national landlines + 15c per minute calls to Australian mobile phones;
$49.95 = unlimited data @ 100mbps down 40mbps up + free untimed VOIP calls to local & national landlines + 20c per minute calls to Australian mobile phones;
$24.95 = unlimited data @ 50mbps down 20mbps up + free untimed VOIP calls to local & national landlines + 20c per minute calls to Australian mobile phones.

Of course if fucktard telcos like Turdstra and Craptus wanted to ‘bundle’ in extras – such as quota capped access to Stan/Presto/Netflix/Foxtel TV – then they’d be able to, but those four price and speed tiers would be locked in place as the basic building blocks of whatever plans each individual RSP could offer any residential customer wishing to connect to the NBN. Business owners would be charged a premium of no greater than $50 per month on any of those four tiers, but for that extra cost receive symmetrical transfer (ie. upload speed = download speed).

Hopefully that gives you a much better insight into how fucken stupid the dickheads in Canberra are when it comes to the largest infrastructure project in our country’s history, and just how much of a complete fucken JOKE the NBN has become under the control of the Federal Coalition. In all honesty, I believe they’re a bunch of raving lunatics!

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the Comments section.

With thanks to Hairy…

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