What Happened With The NBN This Week?

What does Malcolm Turnbull really know about the Huawei ban? Reports emerged this week that Turnbull might actually know more than he's letting on.

The Australian revealed this week that despite Turnbull's bluster that he'd reconsider the ban on Huawei tendering for the work involving National Broadband Network if (read: when) the Coalition took power, the shadow Communications Minister has actually received an ASIO briefing of his own on the matter.

The Australian can reveal that Mr Turnbull was briefed by ASIO in Canberra on May 9 about the security risks posed by having the Chinese company involved in the NBN. Deputy Opposition Leader and foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop also attended the ASIO briefing.

This means Mr Turnbull made his pledge to review the ban on Huawei knowing this would place the Coalition at odds with the views of Australia's domestic spy agency.

So not one, but two Coalition front benchers were briefed? My, my.

Turnbull has fired back on his personal blog, though, saying that while he was present at the meeting with Bishop, ASIO didn't reveal everything they knew:

ASIO did not provide us with the full advice it had given to the Government. This was not surprising. Opposition briefings are very rarely, if ever, as complete as those given to the Government of the day and as a consequence the responsible approach for us to take was simply to state that if we formed a Government we would review the decision in the light of the complete advice and intelligence material that is inevitably only available to the Government of the day.

That must have been one cracking chat about the weather, then.

Meanwhile, Turnbull revealed to the ABC 7:30 program that the Coalition's broadband network would operate at speeds of between 25Mbps and 85Mbps, depending on how far users were away from their local fibre cabinet node. The shadow minister also launched a survey this week asking users what they want in their broadband.

As far as the fibre network is concerned, this week saw the commencement of NBN Co's multicasting services. Multicasting via the NBN means that video content is pushed to the NBN's points of interconnect so that users can get access to content quicker over the fibre network. Lifehacker has the full guide on using multicast content.


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    Clearly you don't understand how government works. The Opposition is not made privy to all issues, but are often given a summary or condensed version of major issues. They do not always receive full briefings like Cabinet. The only time full disclosure tends to happen is when bipartisan politics needs to be thrown aside and joint agreement made on national issues of critical importance.

      Clearly you missed the point that Turnbull - (who said he wasn't told anything) - knew more than he claimed.

        Here's the problem - subjectivity. Take this example. Todd says to Jane "Don't trust Fred. I can't tell you why, but believe me - he'll stab you in the back". Later that day, Fred asks Jane "What has Todd told you about the incident between me and him". Jane replies "He hasn't told me anything".

        You tell me - did Jane lie? All the Jane-haters will say "yes, she lied! She totes knows that Fred backstabbed Todd!" to which I say "you're right, but please stop using the word Totes". All the Jane-fans, however, would say "No, she didn't lie! Todd didn't give her any real details, just a vague warning!"

    Why is the opposition pushing speeds of 25 - 85Mbps as something great. Yes getting a consistent 85Mbps today would be very good but what happens in, say, 10 years time when its considered too slow? The NBN providing 100Mbps today and 1,000Mbps in 10 years is GREAT (for the nation as a whole).

      Yea, I don't get it either.

      I mean, I'm hella excited by the Kansas City stuff Google is doing. Fibre, fibre everywhere! Then just change the end points. Exactly what NBN will be.

      We are so close to being better than most of the rest of the world in this area (Australia, good net? Who woulda guess it), and the opposition just seem determined to f*ck it up, and so 10-20 years from now, we get to do it all again, at a probably larger cost!

      What do you plan to use 85Mbps today for? I currently have a very poor ADSL2 connection maxing out at 8Mbps. I am a heavy online gamer (FPS amongst others - Not WoW) and download ALOT all the time, no lag issues. I stream video to my 3 connected smart TV's and have 5+ devices connected to wireless at all times. Other than certain large downloads taking a a little less time to complete (Not an issue when I stack them up overnight) I can find absolutely no benefit of a publicly funded high speed internet connection other than a little more convenience for people who won't pay for it through the free-market mechanism. If the market demands a higher speed internet connection in 10 years time, then capatlizing commercial businesses will build it. And no, when I say market, I am not referring to people who want to download GoT in 1 min flat...

        Oh, and yes I would like a connection that is a little faster, but I am in an area that is under invested. If the NBN wasn't announced, both Telstra and TPG would NOT have canned their plans for upgrading my area 2 years ago and I would already have access to a higher internet speed (For convenience only, I don;t actually NEED a higher speed). Now I have to wait another 12 FREAKING YEARS!!!!!! Governments are here to provide the service we cannot get ourselves (Hospitals, roads, public transport, defence etc.) Not to build un-competitive monopolies!

        Yes well that's why you aren't the primary customer. The NBN is aimed mainly at businesses, but sold to individuals because businesses don't vote. Currently many small-mid companies in Australia operate on bandwidths of ~20/10mbs. It's not unusual for there to be 100 employees sharing this connection. The NBN (or whatever it will be) gives businesses better access to international material, faster. And time is money.

          Then why pay for fibre to the home when many businesses already have access to 100mbps?

    25-85 Mbps as long as the exchange is your neighbour right ? And assuming it doesn't rain.

      Well the node rather than exchange, but yes.

      Ah, the rain. My old enemy.

    "...if (read: when) the Coalition took power..." Perhaps you are more confident of the result you predict than you should be? If the polls keep going the way they have been for some months now the opposition will have zero chance of becoming the government at the next election.

      LOL. Never underestime this governments ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory...Somehow, I'm thinking it will actually just be catastrophic defeat. Look beyond newspoll and check them all out (Nielson, Galacy etc.) and you will find a huge disparity between them. What does that indicate? The reliability of opinion polls is drastically overstated. The most accurate opinion poll is election day.

    We are building China!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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