The Goebellesque/McTernan trick for 2013

Considering modern technology, McTernan seeks to control ALP propaganda via Google and Wikipedia. When the ordinary person does a web search for "facts" about Australian political affairs, page after page will be propaganda from the Goebellesque McTernan. Step 6 of the 10 steps decreed in the Communist Manifesto as carried out in the US. GC. Ed.

6.                  Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands on the State. Part of the [New Deal] by Franklin Delano Roosevelt theCommunications Act of 1934 established the [Federal Communications Commission (FCC)], it is charged with regulating all non-federal government use of the radio spectrum (including radio and television broadcasting), and all interstate telecommunications (wire, satellite, and cable) as well as all international communications that originate or terminate in the United States.

McTernan says:

''Adopting an open-data framework to increase transparency, accountability and collaboration would allow the digitally literate public to design innovative ways to use government data,'' he said in his thinker's report, which has been made public.

''Everybody in Australia has got two personal researchers – Google and Wikipedia,'' he said. ''So, in the end you need to be clear: this is the problem, these are the facts, this is the way we're going to analyse it, and this is what we're going to do.''

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/pms-adviser-encourages-a-more-cooperative-approach-20121227-2bxut.html#ixzz2GHlDMdMq

Follow Obama’s lead on wireless

Jeffrey A. Eisenach, an adjunct professor at George Mason University, writes in today's Australian:

IN his January 25 State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama called for making fast internet access available to 98 per cent of American households. At first blush, it might sound to Australians like the President is imitating Labor's National Broadband Network, which promises a fibre connection to 93 per cent of Australian premises. In reality, though, there are profound differences between the Obama administration's broadband plan and the controversial NBN.

The most obvious difference is that the NBN is focused almost exclusively on fibre, while Obama spoke of deploying "high-speed wireless". Specifically, the President was referring to 4G wireless services using either Wi-Max or LTE technologies, which are already delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps downstream – the same as initially promised by the NBN – and have delivered up to one gigabit speeds in trials, the same speed the NBN aspires to achieve in the future.

Not to mention the U.S. rollout is being privatly funded, while Labor continues to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on an outdated technology. Read the rest.

(Posted by TVA)

Abbott lauds cheaper broadband plan

The Coalition announced its new broadband plan yesterday as an alternative to the governments $43 billion NBN. The ABC reports:

Broadband represents a major point of difference between the two major parties in the election campaign, with the Opposition today saying it would scrap Labor's $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) if elected.

The Coalition says it would instead spend $6 billion to encourage the private sector to expand internet services across the country.

While admitting his lack of "technical competence", Mr Abbott spruiked his party's plan on ABC1's 7:30 Report.

"I accept that not everyone is going to like our system," he said.

"But I just don't believe you can trust this Government to roll out a $43 billion bit of infrastructure.

"I think we can do something that will be good for a lot less.

"Our system is going to cost vastly less, but it will be there quicker than Labor's system and it doesn't put all Australia's eggs in the basket of one particular technology."

Mr Abbott says the NBN is part of one of Labor's "big bang spending sprees".

"You can't trust the Government that couldn't deliver school halls and couldn't get pink batts into roofs to deliver this highly sophisticated national network," he said.

"This Government hasn't got anything else right. Why do we say they're going to get this right?"

Under the Coalition's plan, 97 per cent of homes would have access to networks which would deliver broadband at speeds of between 12 Mega bits per second (Mbps) and 100Mbps by 2016 through a combination of technologies.

The Government's fibre-optic network would offer speeds of 100Mbps to much of the country and is due to be completed by 2018.

via www.abc.net.au

It's all a little bit over my head, but $43 billion is a massive government investment to be making when we're borrowing the amount of money we are at the moment. And forgive my glass-half-full approach to this, but the NBN won't be delivered for eight years. Eight years ago I had dial-up internet and was using floppy disks. It's anyone's guess where global communications technology will be in 2018. Is the massively expensive NBN really an investment in the future, or is it an investment in today's technology that won't be delivered until tomorrow?

I'm no tech expert, so I'm interested in your thoughts comparing the two plans economically and technically in the comments section below.