Whether you like it or not.

There is a very old joke (from the 50s I think) about the Communist Party organiser telling the crowd  how wonderful it will be under Communism. “When the revolution comes comrades, you will have caviar for every meal”

One fellow puts up his hand and says “But I don’t like caviar”

“When the revolution comes comrade you will have caviar whether you like it or not”

Reports earlier this week noted that only 50 per cent of homes in the Tasmanian towns of Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton had opted to have broadband fibre optic cable installed.

But Senator Conroy says the debate about take-up has become irrelevant, as eventually anyone who wants a fixed line will have to use the fibre network.

“The deal that we have with Telstra is that they are decommissioning, closing down the copper network,” he said.

“To have a fixed line in what we call the 93 per cent footprint, the only way at the end of this process you’ll have a fixed line is on the NBN’s fibre network.

This from the ABC news.

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5 Responses to Whether you like it or not.

  1. Fleeced says:

    For some reason, the Caviar joke reminds me of Futurama where Zoidberg is handing out some seafood entree:

    Hermes: These are mighty tasty!

    Zoidberg: Thank you. I made them myself.

    Ahaha… maybe you had to be there!

  2. TimT says:

    Conroy spins, spins, spins and spins some more on PM last night. He’s certainly confident but then arrogant people normally are. He makes a few slip ups especially relating to the internet filter, but doesn’t get picked up on it. In the interviewer (Mark Colvin’s) defence he probably didn’t have time to do that anyway, and it’s not really PM’s style to do a gotcha-type interview. Turnbull’s task is obviously to puncture this spin; I think he’s got the populist instinct to do that.

  3. dover_beach says:

    Tim, I listened to that interview while driving home and I must say, Conroy really over-estimates his own talents. As an aside, I switched to News Radio and was surprised to find that Colvin on PM and the lady on NR were reading from the same script when introducing Conroy to their listeners.

  4. . says:

    Is there any “NBN Cost watch?”

    I bet they’ll run out of money before they connect to my hometown.

    What a stupid deal. Copper might have another wave of innovation, and it will never need replacing.

  5. rodney says:

    I am sure I have read recently that nearly 30% of internet users in both UK and US are on wireless. Last year in the US more new internet connections were wireless rather that fixed.

    What was the capital cost per connection in Tasmania for broadband?

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