The phrase “ubiquitous high-speed broadband” cropped up more than once as Anne Hurley, NBN Co’s general manager for stakeholder engagement, welcomed us to the launch of ng Connect Australia and New Zealand in Sydney on Wednesday evening — that’s an Alcatel-Lucent-backed program to foster innovation by linking up businesses and other organisations that can help each other — and rightly so.
The fabulous fibres will be the nervous system and the arteries and veins of our glorious digital future. Whoever doesn’t have them will be not just disadvantaged, but dead.
Only the ignorant would claim that anything other than optical fibre can deliver the ever-increasing broadband capacity to match our ever-increasing need for speed. Tell such people about the Dunning-Kruger effect and the Shannon-Hartley theorem, then shove them into the nearest canal.