|ANZAC DAY 2009
||[Apr. 25th, 2009|08:49 am]
I got up early this morning and caught the 2:22 am (special) train to Wynyard Station for the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph here in Sydney (Martin Place). This lasted from about 4 am to about 5 something am. I took a number of photographs with my Nokia phonecam but given the light (or lack of it) this is about the best of the bunch. It's now 8:40 in the morning.. I told myself yesterday that if I was awake at 1am I would get on the special train and attend the Dawn Service. I do have trouble standing for a long period so felt the strain about the time the anthems of Australia and New Zealand were played.
Yesterday I attended and Australian Computer Society event on alternate means to accomplish a high speed Internet. I picked up a few acronyms along the way. Much of the presentation concentrated on the energy companies where it was noted that the electricity grid can carry high speed Internet but energy companies aren't ISPs. I understand they are also stringing up fibre optic cable to help monitor the load on the system. This it seems could be used to drop fibre into the home but it's not the path the government is taking or has even considered (AFAIK). I also learned how to pronounce Verizon as I had only seen it written. It is seemingly pronounced Ver eye zon and not Ver ee zon as I thought it would be.
My ultrasound on Thursday was considered stable and unchanged and I have a new appointment for October.
Verizon is the major telephone provider in the New York metropolitan area, both for "land line" phones and cellular phones. they also provide VoIP service, and fiber-optic connectivity where available. (alas, in the quaint little fishing village where i now live, fiber is not available; in fact, even the copper wires aren't capable of handling simple DSL here.) the name is explained as "a portmanteau of 'veritas' and 'horizon'." the origin of the company is part of the rather byzantine history of telephone monopolies in the US.
"Verizon recenently began offering FTTP (Fiber to the Premises, or Fiber to the Home) to some subscribers. Verizon calls this "FiOS".
This is the subject being addressed. Prior the Federal Election the Australian Labor Party promised to provide "squeaky clean" (free of moral decay) High Speed Broadband using Fibre to the Node Technology. (FTTN) promising to fund it with $4.3 billion. FTTN delivers broadband to a "pillar" on the street corner using optical fibre from the exchange to a communal box with the last 200 meters / yards being twisted pair copper.
That's what they promised. Suddenly they decided they have it wrong and have now promised (using a Government controlled company) to roll out Fibre to the Home (FTTH) or Fibre to the Premises which companies such as Verizon are seemingly already providing in selected areas. I believe Korea uses Fibre to the Home. This revised promise will cost not $4.3 billion but $43 billion.
It was explained in the hour long presentation that in the United States it takes 3 workmen just a few hours to lay fibre ($80 a metre) while in Australia it takes 8 workmen several weeks (tongue in the cheek comment I believe). This is how Verizon entered into the presentation as they are seemingly already "doing" Fibre to the Home.
Anyway our bright shiny new network will be built by the government using a company set up for that purpose. When the building process is complete (8 years time) they will sell it to private enterprise.
There are several questions regarding what they are proposing (far too many to list here). Telstra already have Fibre almost everywhere but they and the government don't seem to get on too well and there have been are suggestions of legislating to bring Telstra back into the public arena. Telstra used to be "Telecom" and before that part of the Postmaster General's Department (in the days when the only phone one was allowed to have could only be rented from the PMG (PostMaster General) at an exorbitant cost and it had to be black - and standard rotary dial).
Verizon (however it is pronounced) appear to make controversial decisions. The only decisions our ISPs make is to oppose government interference ( wherever possible ).
I have written down in my list of acronyms that I live in a GNAP - a Global Network Access Point.
much of New Jersey does seem to have FiOS installed - i'm pretty sure, though, that the final bit leading to the home is still copper in most places. as i've mentioned, this little corner of New Jersey not only doesn't have fiber, it has seriously deteriorated copper. whenever it rains hard, my land-line phone develops a serious noise problem, with a very loud hum, and sometimes the line goes completely out. in the few years i've lived here, i've had to get it fixed by Verizon four times. it's not the wiring in the house (which i installed) - it's the ancient telephone cables under the streets or on the poles. the last time a technician came out to fix it, he said that Verizon was going to have to replace all the old cables here "sometime soon", and "maybe" we'd get fiber.
(and monkeys might fly out of my ass)