There is a new site doing the rounds on Facebook: howfastisthenbn.com.au. It comes the ALP and Coalition’s NBN plans and surprise-surprise, the ALP’s one is much faster.
So here are the activities that are compared:
- uploading wedding photos to Facebook
- Downloading Game of Thrones
- Uploading a new puppy video to YouTube
- Syncing engineering designs with Dropbox
The biggest public expenditure in Australia’s recent history is going to this. Please explain how any of these are remotely a public good. And yes I am including the engineering designs here. Go with the Coalition and your business is set back 8 minutes!
For the Game of Thrones one it isn’t even a private good. With ALP you can download the whole thing in 16 seconds (actually, I’m pretty sure you can’t) but with the Coalition, it takes 10 minutes. But here is the point, if you download from iTunes you can start watching right away. In other words you get NO BENEFIT from the ALP NBN. Is it no wonder we can’t find people to privately pay for this.
And on the uploading ones that can be cured tomorrow by not limiting upload limits over DSL; that is, removing the A. The whole limited upload deal demonstrates why the current proposals remain in the dark ages.
But the whole exercise is enough to convince ourselves that neither plan is worth it. Now, I don’t quite think that but I do think that the focus on speed is ludicrous.