Could You Live Without Broadband At Home? Steve Wozniak Can

Could you live without broadband at home? I don't know if I could, but Apple co-founder and Gizmodo hero Steve Wozniak can. That's what he has recently said in Australia talking about his home in Los Gatos, California:

I don't have broadband at my home. I, Steve Wozniak, don't have broadband at my home. I live one kilometre out of the main part of town. Broadband is a monopoly in my town -- that means you can get it from a cable company, but I don't have cable. There are 50 companies that want to sell me DSL, but they've all got to go through the Horizon wires -- the local phone company -- and I've got one of the two worst Horizons in the country. And so I can't get broadband in my house.

So how does the Woz live without wired internet access? Wireless access, of course: smartphones, tablets and computers connecting through 3G and LTE. []


    just like im forced to put up with

    Exactly what has happened under Telstra and will continue to happen if the Libs scrap the NBN.

      Yeah, assuming you can get the nbn. I can't get adsl nor is my area on the nbn roll out for my town!

        Have you checked the actual list and see if the town name is on it? it may be getting the NBN just not within the next 3 years.

      The libs cant scrap the nbn at this point, too much money has gone in and too much in the way of project planning and infrastructure preperation has happened. To abandon it would be an absolute disaster.

        Sorry to burst your bubble but Abbot has stated that any area that doesn't have cable in the ground at the time he takes power will have the NBN canceled.

    Wireless would be faster than the cruddy ADSL I can get here, but the poor latency and low download limits just aren't worth it.

    WTF? Isn't he a bajillionare? Couldn't he easily do something like set up adirect line of site microwave send receive transmitter system from his place to somewhere in town that has highspeed internet?
    I dunno, seems really unlikely to me. I'm sure he could put in place any option he liked.

      I'd hazard a guess that billionaires don't actually spend much time at home. Anyway, one could get a pool of pocket wifi's and use that as their highspeed broadband. Bonus points for being an IT genius: you know how to make them all appear as a single wifi access point :)

    Telstra wireless so pathetically slooooow and so crazy expensive! ($99.95 for 15 GB!)


      it is 15GB for $79 a month with a 4G modem

        I'd argue thats still bloody expensive.

    Yeap, I live with this shit everyday. And thanks to NBN its not even gonna get fixed anytime soon. I live in semi-rural which is apparently the last places to get it. Stupid NBN choosing to go from Rural to Cities to Suburbs then finally to semi rural. I have to deal with this shitty 3G everyday.

      should have been capitals first and links between mel, syd, ade,bris, newcastle and a few others. then move out. Silly not to get business on the grid first.

        Basicly give people who already get decent internet faster internet first? Whats the matter 30mb cable not fast enough for you?

          You do realise there are plenty of places in the city that go from cable in one street, to barely able to get adsl2 in the next?

    Soooo no IP TV for the Woz. He is NOT a bajillionair either. No one is. That's more money than exists in the world. What a silly comment.

      Actually your comment was much more silly.

      I have to agree with Adam. Your an idiot disguised as a moron.


    He does have wired Internet access. I was also at the event and he said he had a T1 line.

      That's nothing to write home about- hell, my Telstra NextG Desire will do better than a T1 line. T1 is the equivalent of 1.5Mbps in Aus, almost the standard lowest speed these days (well, if you've got a decent line.....not likely Telstra!!!)

    not with the current state of australian TV. they basically force you to pirate if you want to watch anything other than reality TV or CSI

      Forced to pirate stuff? You are a tool.

        Sure, not literally pirate but have you turned on a TV in the past...10 years? It's 90% crap and the 10% you do want is interspersed with 15 minutes of ads per half hour. That, to me, is not a viewing experience as much as my time being sold.

    Interesting. I am perfectly happy with my 3G wireless internet. I can watch iView, YouTube, et al without interruption for caching, which is all I've ever asked of my internet connection. And the quality of streaming video has improved significantly in recent years. 10 Gb for $29 is dirt cheap, too. Reception could be better but my phone and modem get better reception than my TV, so its not a complete disaster. Gizmodo takes forever to load, though (seriously, it takes heaps longer than any other site I visit regularly).

    I'm with Optus and sadly... I got ADSL2+ and I veer wildly from less than 1Mbps to 10Mbps (at best)... in general it's around 1 to 1.5 Mbs though - this is on the $99 and 500GB limit plan. I used to always be over 10 Mbps not so long ago and could basically watch HD movies downloaded from PSN. It's just getting slower and slower now though and I even battle to watch SD movies from PSN sometimes. Pathetic, I actually think they sneakily shape their traffic to suit their business interests (illegal in the states, not sure about here) and I won't be staying with them for too much longer.

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