Continuing our discussion of the methodologies behind the crowd-funded study into the National Broadband Network, The Register talks to Shara Evans, CEO of Market Clarity, to understand her view of the methodologies needed to underpin a strong, independent study into Australia's broadband requirements. Evans, who intends to work …
I can think of a few applications that currently aren't adequately supported
1. Play on-demand video games over the internet (e.g. OnLive). Not practical now, but both proposed versions of the NBN would support that.
2. YouTube on demand HD TV/movie channel subscriptions. This requires robust streaming capabilities, which both proposed versions of the NBN would provide.
Neither of these are essential social requirements, however. Not like, you know, hospitals and stuff.
Teleconferencing (business, medical, teaching, etc.) can already be supported over ADSL2.
I have yet to see a single essential use case that would justify the amount of expenditure proposed. The same money, were it to be invested in private hospitals or tollways, would provide a better ROI, and yield real and measurable societal benefits.
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