What Happened With The NBN This Week?

This week: Turbull sought conspirators, Abbot may have praised the NBN and Western Sydney got switched on. • It's not news that the coalition's not a big fan of the NBN. Malcolm Turnbull took an interesting tangent on the NBN front, declaring that Google is an 'conspirator against the taxpayer' because the company had praised the NBN.[ZDNet]

• Tony Abbott, meanwhile, was accused of supporting the NBN, based on comments he made to a Mount Isa newspaper. [SMH]

• The structural separation of Telstra (a pre-NBN prerequisite) was criticised by Telstra's competitors in a submission to the ACCC. [ITWire]

• Optus is one of those competitors, and it found itself in the spotlight surrounding allegations around its undertaking to the NBN relating to anti-disparagement provisions in its own NBN agreeements. [ITWire]

• Newly built homes in the Western Sydney suburb of Doonside were connected up to the NBN. [ZDNet]

• Internode started delivering FetchTV services via the NBN. [Smarthouse]

• NBN CEO Mike Quigley stated that the construction contracts for the Northern Territory and South Australia would be announced in the next few weeks. [ZDNet]

• A hiccup in the telemedicine world, as NBN chief Mike Quigley admitted that the very slowest plans (which are more likely to be popular with low-income households) wouldn't be capable of HD broadcasts. [The Australian]

• The ACCC is objecting to a court decision about who can buy the Franklins supermarket chain. The NBN connection? If it stands, the ruling might influence a decision on the planned merger of Foxtel and AUSTAR, an issue which is being dominated by NBN considerations. [Lifehacker]



    Is there a known price for actually getting your house connected? I've heard so much rhetoric on the subject that it's kind of a grey area! Got any idea Alex?


      According to the NBN FAQ's, the cost is zero if you connect when the rollout happens in your area. No decision has been made on the cost if you connect after the rollout.


    Doonside? WTF.

    The cables will not last long before they are on eBay.

    I got all excited when I saw Western Sydney was connected, what a disappointment.

      "The cables will not last long before they are on eBay"
      what does that mean?

        I assume that due to the average socioeconomic level of the area, the poster was insinuating that the cables would be stolen by individuals with lesser moral standards.

          That makes sense for copper, but glass?

            It is a joke about the people of the area. Not about the value of fibre.

              K..! #]

      I'm with you on this one. But better doonside than Mt Druitt.

    I had my house connted to telstra cable which had internet and tv. Would this mena i sll be able to get high speed internet when telstra goes nbn?

    And the rollout got stopped in South Australia because of a fight between ETSA and NBN Co.

    Well I'm afraid the NBN chief and the Australian is incorrect about HD streams. There is a new technology that Google+ uses. Its not made by Google, its made by a separate company who leases the technology. You can see it in action here.. https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/bMYdBt4bDH5

    "A hiccup in the telemedicine world"
    Come on guys look at the BIG PICTURE i cant stream HD content now!!!! At least as time goes on and prices drop in the near future it will be possible!!! "BIG PICTURE"

    *shrugs* who give a flying fruitcake about telemedicine in HD? use friggen SD instead.
    We can't even get most of our free-to-air tv in HD yet, and they've been stuffing around with that for years!

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