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 Network”.
Many critics of the planned network are saying that it’s technology is outdated, and that the future of last-mile Internet access is wireless; that by the time the network is completed, we’ll have no need for fibre optic cable to the home,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
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!”