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From CeBIT 2009 (Day 3) [May. 14th, 2009|09:10 pm]
Bob Bain
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In my LiveJournal Posting (ANZAC DAY) I wrote:-

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.

From a free forum at CeBIT (3 days at Darling Harbour devoted to Computer Technology) there was a brief explanation of the government's FttH (Fibre to the Home) proposal (known as the NBN (National Broadband Network) which explained how a basic premise behind FttH (bringing fibre to the home) could and possibly does include a provision for (green and solar) power to be delivered into the home using Fibre. It was explained that although FttH can include Internet Technologies (such as broadband Internet) it can also carry a variety of alternate technologies including health care such as monitoring the health of the country's citizens ( using fibre to connect hospitals to monitoring equipment in the home) and education including independent delivery of educational material not carried via the Internet as we know it. It was explained that (in the view of the presenter) Universities might give way to education carried over FttH links. Power delivery was explained in terms of "power grids" carrying energy from solar sources and windmills. It is quite possible that the Internet as we know it will have changed quite a bit by the time the FttH network becomes reality.

It was stated that only government's such as Kevin Rudd's "got it" when it comes to the technology and although President Obama also "got it" he is hamstrung with a bureaucracy inherited from George W. Bush.

It was stated that there is a 60% chance of failure so it's important (in the view of the of the presenter) that people get it straight in their heads that this isn't just about "The Internet". While Verizon sells a version of Fibre to the Home this is at a retail level while the FttH NBN proposal is strictly wholesale and it is important to get the regulatory regime in place (to ensure it remains wholesale) before putting together a business plan. The question of duplication (Telstra already has fibre) was raised and it was explained this was a matter of negotiation - something discussed as the Nepean Accountants Group on Tuesday evening.

I picked up some magazines from a stand described by a Crikey journalist as having something to do with "Naughty Nurses". These were computer magazines one with an article written by a journalist whose name appears on my "friends and acquaintances" list (March 2009 edition) and another on Twitter by that guy who appears on the ABC "Inventors" program and who is described as a "futurist".

I was so impressed with a "must have" gadget on Tuesday I left the exhibition and went out and purchased one (they didn't sell them at CeBIT).

I love gizmos - especially gizmos with sought after functionality.