Broadband helps decide Australian election

Thanks to Mike Horwath for the heads up on the outcome of the recent Australian election – or at least for the broadband perspective. According to Ars Technica

Australia has broken a two-and-a-half week deadlock resulting from its August 21 national elections. No party won an outright majority, and forming a coalition government proved tricky. Numerous issues were on the table, but one of the key differentiators between the parties was the future of the government-backed NBN Company—the entity that oversees construction and operation of the national broadband network.

The Labor Party and the Greens both saw broadband—specifically fiber optic broadband—as key to the country’s future, and both pledged to support the AU$43 billion decade-long project. The center-right Liberal Party wanted to gut the entire project, cutting NBN and instead offering some cash to make DSL available to more people. With the hung parliament resulting from Australia’s election, it became clear that the winning coalition would determine the future of the country’s broadband network.

The deadlock was eventually broken by three independents. One broke for the Liberals. Another cast his vote with Labor. The third, Tony Windsor, is a rural MP who believes that broadband is the key issue in the election.

It’s that kind of thinking that gets you to world leader status in terms of broadband.

Thanks to Ann Higgins on another article from Australia

Alcatel-Lucent and Nextgen Networks, which owns and operates Australia’s third largest fibre network, have successfully demonstrated a delivery of broadband traffic at 100 Gbps speed over Nextgen Networks’ backbone network. This demo, which leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s converged optical and IP technologies, would enable the transfer of more than 100,000 mp3 files in 60 seconds or the live streaming of more than 15,000 HDTV channels concurrently.

Earlier this year, Alcatel-Lucent and Nextgen Networks were awarded a contract for the Australian government’s Regional Backbone Blackspots Programme. It’s a glimpse at the power of public-private partnership.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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