It’s a shame that the proposed changes to the NBN rollout have been overshadowed by other issues in the political arena. It’s something that I really feel strongly about because I can see the benefits to Australian small business.
The proponents for the NBN often argue that the changes will greatly reduce the bandwidth available to residential connections. Whilst that’s certainly true, I think it skews the core issue.
The originally proposed NBN would deliver ~ 100mbit speeds to Australian residences, not in 2010 when the scheme was announced, not now in 2013, and not only in 2017 when the network is complete, but also for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, it’s too easy for cost cutting political bean counters to argue that we simply don’t need broadband speeds in excess of 20mbit. Whilst that may be true for the moment, it’s certainly will not be true, in 2017.
The core of the issue as I see it, is that we’re not talking about building a network to use right now, we’re talking about the network we are going to use in 10, 20, or even 30 years time.
As digital services continue to permeate our businesses in the future, affordable access to bandwidth will become far more important than it was historically. In the recent past, ~1.5mbit was satisfactory. Right now 20mbit is almost compulsory for even a small business with only a few users. It’s not difficult to extrapolate the future demand given the online services we all use today.
Over the last few days an online petition as received over 250,000 signatures from Australians who consider this to be an important issue. If you don’t agree, that’s fine, but if you simply haven’t considered it, then please do.
If you feel strongly about it, then please consider signing the petition.