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April 5, 2006

The lucky country

I live in it. I work in it. And no it's not australia. I live in England.


I was reading the Age today as I'm inclined to do on occasion, and came across this article Growth in broadband slows. Slows? Slows!? Hold on a second it's never been any faster than a telstra suits monday lunch. Ever since the cable rollout stopped on the bad side of Bubble v.1 someones been thinking it's a better idea to squeeze the life out from anyone who tries to do anything about providing the australian population with a reliable, affordable, fast and fair broadband service.

The percentage of britons on broadband hit a high of 50%+ active internet users a few months back, with the gov here aiming for close to 100% access by 2010.


What has australia got. About 15% penetration (3 million of 20 million - correct me if i'm way out here) - It's no wonder that the industry has never recovered from the heady days of the mid nineties - without an audience what chance has the industry got in competing with the budgets and audience in other developed countries.



It's shameful. It's certainly not lucky. Blame Telstra.





 

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