Nicola forwarded me a link to this news article up on the ninemsn site where Kim Beazley downplays the (apparent) success of the T3 float on the stock exchange, instead raising the issue of broadband speeds (and availability?) here in Australia.
The opposition leader is probably walking a fine line here since so many Australians have invested in Telstra but after being without broadband for a little over a month I agree that this is a serious issue. I think that there are actually two tightly related issues here.
- What is broadband? (ISDN, ADSL, ADSL2, Satellite, Cable?)
- Where should broadband be guaranteed available?
At the moment Telstra has to be able to provide ISDN to 64Kbps, but I am starting to think that we need national infrastructure that can gaurantee broadband at a higher rate, say 1500/128 or 1500/256 (up/down). A lot of people are getting the run around when it comes to the provision of broadband and as time goes by it can have an impact on their ability to choose where they want to live and what kind of jobs they can have. For example – you can’t really work from home unless you have some kind of access to broadband.
I really home that the provision of broadband and the erradicaion of broadband blackspots becomes an election issue. How well the government responds might colour how people feel about the sale of Telstra.