Another ‘Rant About The NBN’

Over the course of the past three years, I have posted the following facts and statements on a number of Facebook group pages, with respect to the project known as The Australian National Broadband Network, or ‘NBN’.

(1) If you haven’t got a full fibre to the premises (FTTP) connection at your house today, or you’re not slated to have a full FTTP network built in your suburb within the next two years, serve yourself right for ignoring what’s been going on in this country since the NBN was first announced during the 2007 Federal Election. By not rallying the community around you together and constantly pressuring NBNCo to install FTTP in your suburb, you have essentially poured your own money and that of your neighbours down a sewer. With the installation of fibre to the node (FTTN) networks, what the government is buying with your tax dollars can be classified as nothing other than SHIT.

(2) No FTTN network similar to what has already been rolled out across many parts of the country so far can ever achieve the speeds which a full FTTP gigabit passive optical network (GPON) is capable of, end of story. The physical limitations of the hardware, and the way Very-high-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL2) networks actually work, prevent downstream/upstream speeds higher than approximately 400 megabits per second, even on a relatively powerful computer that’s within the shortest distance to it’s nearest ‘node box’.

(3) Since the project was first mooted in 2006 by (then) Shadow Communications Minister Stephen Conroy (ALP), both the Labor and LNP governments chose to build the NBN network with the assistance of the two major privately owned telecoms providers, Telstra and Optus. The wholesale arm of the NBN, which determines the pricing of Customer Virtual Circuits at its set speed tiers, uses Telstra-owned Points Of Interconnect (ie. a data’distribution centre’ similar to a telephone exchange) in several hundred locations across the country. NBNCo. are therefore bound by the exorbitant wholesale ‘backhaul’ prices set by Telstra. The ridiculous decisions regarding operational structure that have been made by NBNCo. management have resulted in an extremely poor quality of service overall, and much higher retail pricing for consumers, for a telecoms service we taxpayers have already forked out far too much of our money to build.

(4) Turnbull’s plan to save money on deploying the NBN using outdated technologies, in collusion with private telecoms providers, was doomed to fail from Day One. Independent analysis has concluded that, over the last three years, it has actually cost taxpayers more to deploy and maintain a given suburb’s FTTN installation than if the same area were connected to a full fibre GPON. This is due to the excessive costs involved in bringing the existing infrastructure to a level of serviceability, and the high ongoing operational and maintenance costs of FTTN, such as electrical power to each ‘node box’, just to provide consumers with relatively consistent speeds of up to 100 megabits per second ONLY.
From the moment a FTTP network is switched on it is capable of providing speeds of approximately 1000 megabits per second, both downstream and upstream, whilst a much higher number of customers are physically using the network. FTTP networks also do not require anywhere near the same levels of ongoing maintenance, the infrastructure will cost far less to upgrade in future, and the Fibre Distribution Hubs in the street do not need electricity to operate.

(5) Since taking office in 2013, the LNP have paid in excess of $15 billion of taxpayers money to Optus and Telstra, for the purchase of what is essentially 25 year old telecoms hardware. In a large number of locations, this hardware has needed to be completely replaced, with the taxpayer again footing the bill for new equipment and cabling. At the same time the LNP Government handed Telstra a five year contract (with an option to extend for a further three years) to remediate the infrastructure NBNCo. had purchased, and to maintain the FTTN networks as they are deployed. The entire contract was reported to be $800 million – all to build a network that would only ever be capable of speeds not much faster than 100 megabits per second downstream on a good day.

(6) At the time, Malcolm Turnbull had (and may still have) fiduciary interests in companies that had deployed similar FTTN technologies throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Sadly, when he was told (as Communications Minister) by experts from across the world that such a network could never deliver the same speeds or levels of reliability as a full fibre network, at the same or possibly higher price than Labor’s FTTP plan, he went ahead with his Multi Technology Mix anyway to ensure those companies remained profitable. Turnbull even had Communications Minister Mitch Fifield lead a delegation of NBNCo. management on a first class junket to America, where they publicly denounced the extraordinarily brilliant 1000 megabits per second full FTTP Google Fiber network, and declared the fibre to the node plan the LNP had was far superior. In the meantime, while the Turnbull-Fifield FTTN they were waxing lyrical about was being deployed, Australia slipped from 30th fastest in the world for peak data transfer speeds to 60th, where it remains to this day!

(7) Ziggy Switkowski, a man very much ingrained in the management structure of NBNCo at the time the purchase of the Optus and Telstra-owned infrastructure was being negotiated, had a prior engagement as CEO of Telstra before joining the board of NBNCo. as Chief Executive Officer. At that time, Mr. Switkowski also held fiduciary interests in Telstra as a shareholder, as part of his ‘golden handshake’ from that company. This makes his involvement in the decision by NBNCo to pay Telstra $11.5 billion for parts of their existing network a clear cut conflict of interest.

(8) NBNCo’s current television advertising is in breach of the Australian Association of National Advertisers’ Code Of Ethics, because the technologies being deployed as part of the FTTN rollout are not exactly (as they claim in the advert) “new”, nor are they proving to be “reliable”. The number of complaints about ‘dropouts’ and other service failures grows by the day, as congestion, and the sheer volume of data being pushed around a network which could never support it, takes its toll.

The whole NBN Project reeks of graft, corruption and downright incompetence, and is beyond all doubt the largest single clusterfuck created by any federal government in the nation’s history. In the meantime, Australian households are being forced to pay twice as much per month for absolute garbage as retail customers in Singapore do for their unlimited data gigabit per second internet services. We here get one tenth the speed, and restricted to ridiculous 20th century data caps, while the rest of our trading partners across the globe speed off into the future. Australia is the laughing stock of the technology world, and the lunatics pretending to run the place certainly have a lot to answer for. Thing is, it’s the Australian taxpayer that is losing, and when the time comes to privatise – which you can be sure a Liberal government sometime in the next 25 years will want to do – the NBN will be worth two-fifths of a fucken dog turd, simply because…
MALCOLM TURNBULL IS A FUCKEN IDIOT!!!

With Thanks to Hairy…

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More LNP Government Screwups!

Stories like those of Senator Bob Day are typical of any level of government that’s being led by self-centred morons. They make exuberant promises, which they have no intention of keeping, just to reach and maintain their positions of power. They move mountains to bring their mates along for the free ride, bend over backwards to save the jobs of their supporters no matter how massive the screwup, whilst abusing and ripping off the public purse at every opportunity. The political arena is without a doubt the largest money laundering scheme on earth, and it will continue unabated unless we all wake up to ourselves, unite as a determined force and wipe our halls of democracy clean of the scum that’s infested them for far too long.

The so-called ‘decision makers’, ie. muppets like George Brandis, Nigel Hadgkiss, Michaelia Cash, Matthias Cormann, Alan Tudge, Barnaby Joyce, Julie Bishop, Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull, even Tony Abbott, all need to be shown the door immediately, never to return. Their clearly out of touch reasoning and fundamentally corrupt managerial styles have already screwed this country into the ground far enough.

Throughout history, the world has seen dictatorial, unscrupulous and inept political leaders – men and women who have proven to be as on the nose with their citizens as our politicians here in Australia are these days – driven from office by civil uprisings and public overthrow of entire governments. We need intelligence, logical thought and common sense running the place, not the deceitful pack of space cadets and raving lunatics we’ve got right now. Voters everywhere also need to start taking more notice of how governments work, and learning just what each political party truly stands for, before walking up to the ballot box and blindly scratching a few marks on a sheet of paper. It’s either that, or we all get to endure the shitfight which comes right after self-absorbed charlatans are handed an endless supply of money and the dictatorial powers to go with it.

Australia is stagnating, just like it was during the Menzies years. Back then we had
– a PM who cared more for making his mates rich while the working class footed the bill,
– a PM with a holier-than-thou approach to curtailing growth and technical advancement while the world sped off into the future,
– an immigration policy that treated anyone who turned up on our shores with more respect and favour than those who had been here for generations,
– a government hell bent on wasting every cent they could borrow on useless junk, and
– a government which was rorting the system from within to boost their own personal fortunes.

Sadly, the community around us are still that same uneducated, selfish and ignorant lot who allow the bureaucrat bastards to run rampant, simply because the majority of us don’t believe what the government are doing to the country is wrong. That’s subservience in a bottle right there! How else can you explain the utter stupidity of voters that returned to power a corrupt tyrant business tycoon who consistently proved his interests were insolent, self-absorbed and completely out of touch with reality? Letting a proven liar take control of a slowing economy right after he told the nation that, if elected, he would give $4.8 billion a year to the top 1% of Australian and multinational companies while increasing the costs of living for those of us already struggling to make ends meet, defies logic.

Liberal and National Party supporters nationwide ought to be ashamed of themselves for allowing the dismantling of the very fabric of our nation to continue unabated. Australia is a clusterfuck, with the blame laying squarely on the shoulders of the LNP and their bumchums, but unless we gather in numbers to get in the faces of these fucktards and demand they change things for the better, we’re always going to be nothing more than flies swatted away from their picnic.

Rant over, for now… ;-(

With thanks to Hairy…

How You’ve Been Screwed by Turnbull & The LNP

Recently on a Facebook discussion page…

Malcolm Turnbull Exposed – More Liberal Lies & Champagne Clichés

group member Kelly Roxanne asked,
How will any future Government be able to sell it (the NBN) given that it will cost so much?”

I know it’s rude to answer a question with a question, but it’s also My fucken blog, so if you don’t like it, that’s what the Comments section is for!

What’s the difference between a 2015 base model V6 Commodore and a 2015 HSV SS V8? Although you’ve paid a bit more for the luxury and power of the top spec model on the day you drove it from the showroom, in ten years time when you want to sell it you’re more likely to get a good price for it over the six, and you’ll have more potential buyers knocking at your door. If on the other hand you did buy the base model, it will have cost you heaps more over the years to keep it performing at a level similar to both the top spec V8 and other cars having better engineering, plus you’re still going to lose money when you sell it. Now, consider yourself in the market for a fully complete and operational 21st century telecommunications network, including all infrastructure, goodwill, customer base and so forth. Would you want a crappy base model six cylinder designed in the year 1995 that no-one else on the planet is driving anymore, needs $25000 in new parts now, plus a $5000 per year maintenance bill to operate (a.k.a FTTN NBN), or would you rather buy the 2010-designed HSV (a.k.a FTTP NBN)? Although it’s a fair few grand more than the Liberal National Party’s V6 that they’ll let go for whatever they can get for it, the HSV’s got more power, better fuel economy, nothing needed to repair and no ongoing extraordinary operating costs.

At the recent election, voters simply did not take any notice of how much public money had been directed into corporate pockets by way of the NBN farce. The best part of $15 billion has been funneled into Telstra and Optus shareholder accounts – with more to go by way of repair and maintenance contracts – due to the way the Multi-Technology Mix project was structured by Turnbull. He knew that a full Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) owned and run by the government would see his corporate buddies lose market share (read: cash), so he devised a telecoms system which would utilise privately owned infrastructure, then wrongfully declared that his all-new plans would deliver faster internet to all Australians sooner, and not cost anywhere near the same as Labor’s Fibre To The Premises GPON vision. Unfortunately for so many Australians who are now stuck with Fibre To The Node 25 megabits down / 5 megabits up junk, Turnbull was only ever wanting to keep his corporate mates living in the manner to which they’d become accustomed. What better way to guarantee your spot in the top office, and a great private sector job once the public votes you out, than to give your private enterprise buddies such an incredibly devious, ridiculously cheap but perfectly legal way to drink the public treasury dry? If you don’t agree with what I’m saying there, then please explain to me and the readers why someone who calls himself “The Father of Australian Internet” – someone who waxed lyrical for over three years about The Innovation Nation – would choose outdated networking technologies (which the rest of the western world were dismantling) in favour of the most up-to-date future-proof and higher quality full fibre-to-client systems? In early 2013, when Turnbull announced his FTTN/MTM plans, communications and technology experts from all over the world screamed their disapproval, but yet he went ahead. He then somehow sold the dumb fuckwit Abbott on the idea, and now you’re stuck with it. To those on FTTN, and those slated to receive it sometime in the next five years, I say this…

SERVE YOUR FUCKEN SELVES RIGHT!

IT experts and engineering project managers from across the country recently concluded that, had the Labor NBN plan not been stymied and effectively fucked off in favour of the Massive Turnbull Mess, the taxpayer funds spent on
(a) restructuring the contracts that the LNP were able to following the 2013 election,
(b) buying the dilapidated copper and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial hardware from private telco operators,
(c) buying outdated and redundant Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer hardware at higher prices than what is required to build a GPON,
(d) payments to private telcos to rebuild and maintain the unseviceable hardware purchased by NBNCo.,
and
(e) operating the FTTN hardware (ie., electricity from privatised ulilities providers)
would see approximately 75% of those premises passed by NBN FTTN services today have a full GPON at their doorstep instead. Turnbull knew that if the landscape were such, his best mate Rupert Murdoch would no longer hold the monopoly on telecoms. With Rupert having none of that, the rest (as they say) is history. It’s also the reason why I don’t call Turnbull stupid. Sadly only Royal Commissions into both the finance sector and the National Broadband Network Project will highlight just how cunningly clever the lying sack of shit Malcolm Bligh Turnbull really is!
With Thanks to Hairy…

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…

Electronic Voting in Australia

Okay, we’ve all seen and heard about the shitfight that took place over the past three months, known as the 2016 Federal Election. Votes not counted for two whole days, the best part of 14 days before a result that’s not entirely accurate becomes known…
all the hassles that can be easily wiped away with the introduction of electronic voting.

So, “What’s the best way to do that?”, I hear you ask.

Well, first and foremost, the security of the votes is paramount. In order to get that security, each and every Polling Place would need to have its’ own off-grid private network. By that I mean the touch screen computers in each Polling Place would not have any ability to be accessed from the outside world, or have any connection to existing telecoms infrastructure. Only after polling concluded at 6pm on election day would one single authorised person, namely the Returning Officer for that polling booth, be able to collate the votes that had been cast on the touchscreen PC’s, then forward that data via a secure hardline internet connection directly to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). There would of course be no identifiable tags to show what time Elector X cast their vote, or what polling place the data came from, making each elector essentially anonymous. With an encrypted single client connection to the AEC’s data centre, the only real ‘checks’ the AEC could make which might possibly be intercepted by ‘hackers’, are:
1) How many registered voters attended that Polling Place?
2) How many absentee votes were cast?
3) How many completed ballots were sent to the AEC? and
4) Did Polling Place X submit their data (Yes/No)?

On Election Day, it wouldn’t matter where you were in the country, you’d simply turn up at your nearest Polling Place, offer suitable identification, your name would be marked off the roll electronically – over a direct connection to the AEC to eliminate any opportunity for Voter X to vote twice – and the staff member would direct you to a private booth where a touchscreen was set up with the ballot page for your electorate. This would eliminate the issues faced during the 2016 Election where people wishing to vote ‘absentee’ were not able to complete a ballot paper, simply because the polling place they attended did not have ballot papers for every single electorate in the country. The Returning Officer could go online to the AEC’s secure system, download the correct ballot papers for the individual elector, copy that to a touch screen and submit the voter’s preferences to the AEC (once the person has made his/her decisions) with all the other votes at the end of the day. This method would not identify the voter in any way, as the data would simply be added to what the AEC received for the candidates in that voter’s electorate without being tagged as coming from a certain booth.

An electronic voting system would also eliminate ‘donkey’ votes, and also prevent people from not filling out ballot papers correctly. A touch screen system simply would not allow an incomplete ballot to be submitted, therefore ensuring people voted correctly to generate a much more accurate result. So, what do I think it might look like?
With artwork compiled by Hairy, I’m guessing you’d see on the screen in front of you the names of each candidate, the party they represent, a square beside each name – pretty much very similar to what we’ve had on paper – a number keypad with Enter key and a SUBMIT button. You would tap the square of the person you were choosing, tap the numpad to enter what preference you were giving them, and tap the Enter key. If you wanted to change your mind, you simply tap the square you want to change, tap the Backspace key (‘X’ in a box) and enter another number. Once the required number of squares were filled, the green ‘Submit Vote’ button would become active, tap that button for a “Are you sure (Y/N)?” popup to appear, and you would then cast your vote or go back and make changes.

EXAMPLE SCREEN FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
houserepsscreen

EXAMPLE SCREEN FOR SENATE/UPPER HOUSE:
senatetouchscreen

Pretty simple system to implement, not too difficult to explain to voters about how to use it, nothing much different to technologies people haven’t seen in shopping centres for those ‘store locator’ panels, easy to use, and brings about a definite accurate result of the polls much sooner. The above features of this much simpler system would be assured, and would spark cries for the elimination of ‘postal voting’ for all but Australian citizens of voting age living overseas. Pre-poll voting would be conducted with exactly the same electronic system envisaged, but of course no access to the submitted voting results available until the close of polls on election day. Also, this ‘pre-poll voting’ would only be available for the five business days prior to the official Saturday Election Day, and in limited locations to minimise disruption.

One last major change electronic voting would bring, is a much more accurate capture of those who fail to vote. You’ll essentially have six days to visit a polling place to cast your vote, removing any excuse. Mobile polling places will, of course be set up in every hospital and aged care facility across the country, giving every single person of voting age plenty of opportunity to have their say.

An electronic voting system is indeed the country’s future. Thing is, if the fucktards in Canberra don’t wake the fuck up and bring something like this in before the next election, we’ll end up going through the same shitfight we’ve had over the last few weeks following July 2 2016. Here endeth the lesson!

With Thanks to Hairy…

More post election ranting…

It disgusts me that 50% of eligible voters are so ignorant of the world around them, that they vote for their tax dollars to be poured directly into the pockets of privately owned telecoms companies. These funds have gained for Australia outdated (and in many cases unserviceable) infrastructure, which has seen this country drop from 30th to 60th in the world for average internet speed.
What also disgusts me? Journalists who spread false information about how the National Broadband Network actually works. I’m not sure how a technically illiterate voter was ever able to make an informed decision in this election, considering that more often than not false details about the NBN were being smeared across the media landscape.
I am personally sick to death of journalists presenting their politically biased rhetoric at every opportunity, while treating our elected representatives with kid gloves just so they don’t upset the apple cart. The community look to the media as not only a source of correct information, but as a voice to speak to those they normally wouldn’t be able to. Unfortunately for the sake of common sense and normality, there are far too many journalists across the country who
(a) present themselves as completely ignorant of verifiable evidence,
(b) spread false information about what is by far the largest infrastructure project this country has ever seen, and
(c) maintain a job security biased ‘softly-softly’ approach to questioning of those people who have made alarmingly nonsensical decisions which affect the entire nation.
These journos hold a large percentage of blame for why Australia is no longer a great place to live, do business in or even visit. We’re going down the gurgler, yet the journalist voice of the community seems no longer willing to take those we entrust to run the place properly to task, especially when the politicians make blatant errors of judgement and totally ludicrous decisions. It’s because of such incompetent journalism that I’m not expecting to learn from the responsible government ministers anytime soon Why Australians are paying 200% more for electricity and telecoms than the rest of the developed world.
Are you listening, Brent Bultitude? Get stuck into these pollies and business tycoons, put them on the spot, demand answers to the tough questions and stand up for the community who keep you on air, or you’re best to leave the job that you’re increasingly proving yourself to be quite inept at doing.

Post-election thoughts, Part Two

Now I move on to how the Liberal National Coalition have attempted to brainwash the nation with their, “She’ll be right mate!”, bullshit.

Every independent report about the National Broadband Network, an absolute shambles of a project, indicates how slow the speeds customers are getting, that costs to consumers are far higher than other countries, for infrastructure which is the best money can buy – if the year is 1990. The multi-technology mix of fibre to the node, fixed wireless and satellite broadband was what Telstra wanted John Howard to climb into bed with them and build when he took office. That’s the difference between the two parties right there: one will buy the most cost effective and future proof resources and infrastructure for the nation, while the other doesn’t care what industry experts believe, or if its economically viable, or if its going to cost heaps to fix, or if it breaks down a lot. As long as a few of their business bumchums are making a few coins out of the deal, who gives a fuck if the taxpayer gets the raw end of the stick? Just look at the Joint Strike Fighter.

Since Howard locked us into a contract back in 2002, taxpayers have poured $1.5 billion each and every year since into a black hole that’s provided nothing except a few pages of redacted reports about the progress of the project. We can’t find out where the manufacturer are up to with construction and testing; hell, Lockheed Martin can’t even say when we’ll get our first plane! And, do you really think they’ll be giving us a second thought, when the US Air Force and US Navy are their number one customers? The UK are in it too, so I can’t expect to see one of these aircraft with an Australian Government rego plate on it touching down at Williamtown RAAF Base until at least 2025. By then, not only will it have cost us $30 billion for an aircraft valued at around $300 million each, they’ll be as useless as tits on a bull, especially when so many avionics experts across the world are calling them junk right now.

The LNP have long proven they’re no good with technology and engineering. Problem is, Australian voters have just agreed to them pouring $4 billion each year down another black hole, on submarines we may not see in our ports until at least 2030! All this, while with the other hand they give $4.8 billion to the multinational companies that have been proven to be evading their tax responsibilities, they keep shoving cash into the pockets of privately owned telecoms companies for technology that drops us to 60th in the world for internet speed, and they think they’re the best economic managers?

Go fuck yourself, Turnbull. I’d give anything to meet you or any of your brain dead party members in person, because it would be my pleasure to stand in front of you and call you exactly what you are: a FUCKWIT!

RIP Martin, and Thanks to Hairy…

Post-election thoughts, Part One

I’m just going to have a say about the Liberal National Party’s incessant complaints about the Labor Party’s (supposed) ‘scare campaigns’ with respect to the privatisation of Medicare. Here’s something to ponder…

What about the Rural Fire Service fiasco, where the LNP claimed during the election campaign that the Victorian Labor Government under Premier Daniel Andrews were going to wipe away the workplace rights of volunteer fire fighters? How ironic it is that Never in this country’s industrial relations history has there ever been a more blatant disregard for the average worker – volunteer or otherwise – than the Liberal Party’s range of proposals for IR reform known as ‘Work Choices’? Odd how they could call it that, when in all honesty their plans would mean a worker’s unreserved acceptance of the employer’s decisions on conditions of employment such as workplace safety, hours and times of work, wages, penalty rates and job security, with no opportunity for discussion, compromise or mutual agreement. So much for ‘choices’, huh?

The removal of enterprise bargaining in favour of individual payment agreements between employer and employee, leaving people not well-versed in such matters to essentially fend for themselves without the support of a trade union or their fellow workers, was the mainstay of that Work Choices policy. You can be sure as shit sticking to a blanket that if the Lie-beral dildoes (fake pricks) get the chance to govern in their own right, they’ll push for the same changes to industrial relations legislation they’ve wanted for the last 20 years to be ratified. In the meantime, the LNP use rumours that the Victorian state government, led by Labor, intend to reduce and possibly eliminate protections and rights of volunteers within the CFA to directly tarnish the Federal Labor Party’s reputation as a ‘party for the people’!

Simply put, I see the LNP as nothing more than a ruthless pack of self-serving scum. I sincerely hope that, following this election being a complete disaster for them, they do fight among themselves so violently that National Party members move to end the coalition alliance between them and the Liberals. The only reason the Liberals and Nationals formed their Coalition was so they could ‘gang up’ on the Labor Party, after realising they could only win government and control the nation’s purse strings if they (as the LNP) combined the amount of seats they held in the Parliament.

Since the arrival of the First Fleet this country has seen The Establishment doing everything they can to reduce the both the social stature and rights to prosperity of the working class. Until the 50% of voters who didn’t choose the Labor candidate in their electorate wake up to themselves and recognise LNP policies are purely for the benefit of no-one except the upper crust greedy well-to-do, the social divide across our country will continue to grow wider, prosperity for all will remain but a dream, and we will see life for ordinary Australians get tougher as the rich pricks keep cruising down Easy Street.

With Thanks to Hairy, and RIP Martin… 😦

Here’s what Australia NEEDS, you Pyne In The Ass!

I hate to tell you, Christopher Pyne, but speed, reliability and value for money ARE what I and so many others across our fair nation NEED! What we certainly DON’T NEED is to be languishing at 60th in the world for average internet speed!

Residents on Fibre To The Node NBN networks throughout Belmont, Belmont North and Windale in NSWapproximately 5000 subscribers, at a rough estimate – have signed on to plans offering downloads at up to 100 megabits per second, but since getting the service connected many of those haven’t experienced speeds greater than 70 megabits per second downstream with any consistency. It’s like forking out for Streets Blue Ribbon spearmint choc chip icecream but only tasting Woolworths Homebrand vanilla. I’m sure you’d be jumping up and down if the same were happening to you, Christopher!

 

Yes, a reliable quality and consistently fast telecoms network is what’s required, as you’ve said, but the fibre-to-node infrastructure that you and your half-assed ripoff merchant oxygen thieves in the LNP have installed definitely DOES NOT provide the stability and consistency of superfast data transfer that today’s information-hungry society demands. Your party’s leader, as the Communications Minister, was told this by information technology experts from around the world back in 2013, but flat out REFUSED TO LISTEN!!! Not only that, it’s cost THE SAME AMOUNT to roll out your crappy network as what a full fibre install would have, with much higher ongoing costs for maintenance and electricity to keep the nodes running. Most notable, however, is the fact that your FTTN deployment HAS NOT reached anywhere near as many residences as Mr. Turnbull promised back in 2013.

 

The costs to consumers for using the NBN also needs major changes. When both residential and business users in Singapore can buy unlimited data on 1000 megabit per second fibre-to-the-premises connections for as little as AU$49.95 per month, and maintain regular downstream speeds above 900 megabits per second, what makes you think we here in Australia are going to sign on to higher speed tiers when the wholesale customer virtual circuit price on the NBN is AU$150 per month for a 1000 megabits per second service, with no guarantee of speed, reliability or stability of connection?

 

For confirmation, view the information captured from the NBNCo. Wholesale Broadband Agreement – April 2016.
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Also, check out the pricing of one of Singapore’s retail broadband provider’s services here: https://myrepublic.com.sg/pricing
With thanks to Hairy…