09 April 2007

Mucking BorderNet around...

...and scores of other people besides, myself included.

How is this done?

Suddenly pull the plug on the old remote access Internet funding method, announce that the new method will be public on 01 April, then sit on your thumbs.

Yup, that’s our gummint for you.

I wouldn’t mind so much but I’m living in a town where the only other connectivity option is either dialup or a internally complicated service called OneWire which here seems to be about 20% faster (whee!).

Telstra have a petition form where you can ask for ADSL in your area, but first off — as I’ve said before — it appears to be about as useful as weeing upwind, and second off is Telstra’s ADSL plans. Get, for example, a gigabyte limit, a fixed IP address & 1500/256 kilobits or so (note qualifier about “estimated” speeds), & you’re looking down the muzzle of about $90 a month, or $3 a day.

3 comments:

Dave Hall said...

I agreed the premature death of broadband connect is bad.

Telstra have a petition form where you can ask for ADSL in your area, but first off — as I’ve said before — it appears to be about as useful as weeing upwind, and second off is Telstra’s ADSL plans. Get, for example, a gigabyte limit, a fixed IP address & 1500/256 kilobits or so (note qualifier about “estimated” speeds), & you’re looking down the muzzle of about $90 a month, or $3 a day.

Sorry, but you are wrong. It is completely optional for you to sign up with Tel$tra. Once the Tel$tra dslam is installed you will be contacted by Tel$tra telemarketers to get you to sign up. Just say "no thanks". Then call internode or another reliable ISP to sign up. Simple, but not guaranteed to get you a DSLAM.

Considered going door knocking to get signups? Maybe drop FOSS CDs in letterboxes as you go :)

Leon Brooks said...

Letterboxes, I have a problem with. Tullah doesn't have any.

Yes, you read that right. (-:

We trot down to the shops about daily & claim our snail-mail from Sharon’s hot little paws.

OTOH, I can post a note on the town noticeboard, and/or drop a stack of A4s with Sharon for distribution.

Perhaps something like this?

Leon Brooks said...

Also — thanks for letting me know on this one — I wasn’t aware that Telstra made the DSLAMs available to other providers. That’s good news, indeed.