Tony Brown

Why “Copper” isn't going away in a hurry

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The impending death of copper networks might not be at hand, thanks to VDSL2 vectoring and G.Fast, and the high-speed broadband game has changed completely.

Labor's latest NBN defender

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With Michelle Rowland reportedly in line to pick up the shadow communications gig, does Labor have the firepower to keep the Coalition honest on the National Broadband Network?

A tale of two NBNs

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There's a common link between Australia and Singapore's NBN plans - the incumbent telcos are refusing to go quietly into the night and look set to consolidate their stranglehold.

An NBN rematch for Conroy?

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The former communications minister Stephen Conroy is keen for a seat on the shadow front bench - so could Conroy and his nemesis Malcolm Turnbull actually swap roles in the next parliament?

G.fast's place in a full fibre world

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The shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull is keen to bring G.fast into his NBN mix and while the technology isn't a magic bullet it can play a part in delivering the super-fast broadband revolution.

Would a Turnbull-Albanese NBN debate really be worth it?

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With both parties firmly entrenched in their NBN models, a NBN debate four weeks from the election is unlikely to yield any new information or positive outcomes.

Quigley's poison chalice

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The outgoing NBN Co boss deserves a lot of credit for sticking it out in a poisonous political environment. Quigley’s tenure was made extraordinarily difficult by two factors largely beyond his control.

An NBN bonus for News Corp Australia

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A fibre-to-the-premises NBN is a blessing not a curse for Foxtel. The NBN might give equality on access to content providers but that’s where the level playing field ends.

Why a broadband speed blitz misses the point

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The recent launch of Japanese ISP So-Net’s 2Gbps FttH service was greeted with envy by bandwidth-starved users the world over. However, the vacuous focus on download speed often comes at the cost of value around services.

BUDGET 2013: Should the NBN escape budget scrutiny?

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The government may claim to have made the tough decision with this year's budget, but its refused to make a call on whether the NBN is too much of a burden on the nation's bottom line.

No killer app for fibre to the home

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Many telcos are still trying to figure out what to do with the huge bandwidth on 1Gbps FTTH networks. Most agree that getting a return on their huge investments will require more than just one single application.

A NBN reality check

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The politicians and the electorate can do with a good dose of realism about what can actually be delivered by any government – Labor or Coalition – in terms of high-speed broadband and how long it will take to deliver it.

TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: Unmasking the NBN illusionists

In the NBN debate facts should be sacred, but as each side draws on overseas examples they're also being far too casual with the truth.

The real NBN casualty

In the NBN debate facts should be sacred, but it looks like both sides of the fence are being far too casual with the truth.

TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: The NBN's best hope?

Labor's NBN version looks headed for oblivion and love him or hate him, Malcolm Turnbull might be the best bet for a decent broadband future.

The NBN's only hope?

Labor's NBN version looks headed for oblivion and love him or hate him, Malcolm Turnbull might be our best bet for a decent broadband future.

TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: Turnbull and the Coalition gagging

Malcolm Turnbull is stuck between a rock and hard place. He’s tasked with talking down the government's NBN plans but is also forced to stop his colleagues from making statements that defy technological common sense.

Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition gagging

Turnbull's not only tasked with talking down the NBN, but is also forced to stop his colleagues from making statements that defy tech common sense.

A Huawei political minefield

Huawei was never really in the mix to get a piece of the NBN pie because of Canberra's reluctance to upset Washington. So, how will Beijing react to this snub?