Posted: Wed, 13 July 2011
Here in Australia we're building out a giant, nationwide fiber network (with
degraded service to the few parts of the country that aren't heavily
populated -- like, nearly all of it), known as the "[National Broadband
Many critics of the planned network are saying that it's technology is
outdated, and that the future of last-mile Internet access is wireless; that
by the time the network is completed, we'll have no need for fibre optic
cable to the home, and we'll all just use some magical wireless network for
all our Internetting needs.
Well, right at this moment, I'm sitting in the middle of Australia's largest
city, with full bars of coverage being reported by my phone, and getting
ping times of over 3 minutes (you heard that right; my record so far is ping
reporting `time=194001 ms` for a reply) and no ability to usefully access
If wireless is the future, I hope it's a long way away. To misquote a
great man, "I WANT MY ADSL BACK YOU SON OF A BITCH!"