What Happened With The NBN This Week?

If there's one thing we can expect week-in, week-out with the National Broadband Network, it's vitriolic slagging from one side of politics to another. As a new website surfaced comparing the speed of the two parties' NBN plans this week, slagging is exactly what we got.

The whole saga kicked off a few days ago when out-and-proud Liberal voter, James Brotchie, decided to build a website comparing the speed of the National Broadband Network against the Coalition's alternative.

The site simulates uploads and downloads of content on the two plans from both the Coalition and the Labor Party. It simulates Facebook high-resolution photo uploads, how long it would take to download a 2GB episode of Game Of Thrones from iTunes (naturally) and how long it would take to sync large engineering plan files (James is an engineer) to Dropbox.

The whole site is a great illustration, although it sort of stacks the deck in the government's favour, by showing the Coalition's plan at 25/5MBps, while demonstrating the NBN at 1000/400Mbps. Not exactly fair, really, but still a novel illustration.

NBN Co also came out this week and updated the three-year rollout plan for the National Broadband Network, promising that a whole slew of suburbs would get access to the fast fibre network by 2016. You know, provided the Labor government still has power.