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AUSTRALIANS are paying nine times more for broadband that trundles along 35 times slower than the world's fastest networks.


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Ali Hirst (286)
Friday October 19, 2007, 12:11 pm
I have 1700bps (bytes per second) which is the fastest here at $69.90 AU month...So now our Government has been telling us for years they would solve our internet crisis by putting in FAST BROADBAND across Australia. Some Aussies cannot get any true broadband at all, whether it be Cable or ADSL because the coaxial cable needed to carry it are not laid across Australia..only in certain areas and not in all Capitals either. I live in Brisbane and the coaxial cable. I have ADSL or that is what I pay for..but we miss out by about 3 blocks away where the coaxial cable we go through copper cables which is what Telstra has been using for many years for our phone lines. We need to have filters on all our phones to stop static and not interrupt us getting our calls such as dialup does. It disgusts me that we have been lead to beleive for so long that we have fast internet here in Australia but the study here shows we rank 26th of 30 countries for internet broadband. We have an alarm system in our home it won't work on ADSL because Telstra hasn't figured it out yet. It is reidiculous. I would like to see this bought up by Labor to address in as an Election promise because the Coalition certainly has done nothing about it in the 11 yrs they have been in power. Some places in Australia are still without telephones in this day and age or have party lines...or have to use Satellite phones and that is very expensive here. I will put the rest of this news item below.

Ali Hirst (286)
Friday October 19, 2007, 12:12 pm
A report from the US has revealed Australia has become the Third World of broadband developed nations, ranking 26th out of 30 countries for its transfer speeds.

Sydney households pay an average $2.65 per month for one megabyte of service at a speed of 1.7 megabytes a second, according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's broadband rankings.

By comparison, users in Japan have the world's fastest broadband and pay a paltry 29c a month for one megabyte at a blistering 61 megabytes a second.

Ranked behind Slovak Republic

On a scale of speed, Australia is even ranked behind the Slovak Republic, which separated from the former Soviet country Czechoslovakia in 1993.

The next fastest countries behind Japan are Korea (45.2mbps) and Finland (21.7mbps).

In terms of broadband penetration into the number of households, however, we rank much higher.

Report author Daniel Correa puts Australia's level of penetration, 0.5 subscribers for every household, down to 93 per cent of the population living in urban areas.

"Broadband penetration increased in Australia by 5.5 percentage points last year," Mr Correa said in the report.

On the overall rankings of subscribers, speed and cost, Australia is ranked 14th out of the 30 countries.

Turkey, which is ranked last, still has faster broadband than Australia (2 mbps) but it is charged at a rate of $128.50 per megabyte.

Labor's communications spokesman Stephen Conroy said an acceptable broadband network was essential to the future of e-education, e-health, and telecommunications.

Mr Conroy claims that the Howard Government's $958 million broadband plan for rural and regional Australia will have more limited coverage than is claimed.

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