Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, The Senate, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, The Liberal Party of Australia, Jason Clare MP
The Liberal Party of Australia: Reconsider your plan for a 'FTTN' NBN in favour of a superior 'FTTH' NBN
A Petition Pertaining to the Future of Australian Broadband. To Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, the Liberal Party of Australia, the Senate and whom it may concern, This petition is designed to highlight Australia’s desire for a superior ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) broadband solution, rather than the Coalition’s proposed ‘Fibre to the Node’ (FTTN) solution. As currently proposed, the Coalition’s FTTN solution relies on the existing copper lines to supply individual premises access to the National Broadband Network (NBN) over the last mile or so. However, copper wiring solutions are rapidly approaching a century of implementation, with its inception dating back to the 1920’s. As such, its technological limits as well as associated weaknesses are rapidly developing. First and foremost are its bandwidth capabilities. While your government proudly boasts eventual (best case scenario) download speeds of 100Mbps (but will only guarantee between 25-50Mbps initially), this is unlikely to be sufficient for tomorrow’s technology centric society. A likely society in which data becomes ever more important, as a universal shift towards a total digital front approaches. A likely place where an expanding range of devices and services will become linked, cloud computing/processing becomes the norm and internet TV the main form of broadcast. In reality, there is no real way of knowing exactly what future technologies lie around the corner, but it is a safe bet that a FTTN solution will not contain them for long. Having lived abroad for several years I have witnessed first-hand how far behind Australia is in this respective infrastructure. Your party’s claim to the success of FTTN implementation in other countries such as the UK/USA are irrelevant with said nations already seeking options to move on from this out-dated technology. So why position Australia and our future generations behind the rest of the world’s leading nations with a technology that they themselves are already decommissioning? Secondly is the well-known fact that suggested speeds, in this instance 100Mbps/40Mbps, are more or less theoretical since actual speeds will be dependent upon the distance of an individual premises from the node. This in turn, accompanied by the spacious layout of Australian homes and businesses, even in inner city markets, will cause a significant variance in actual speeds received by paying customers. Further compounding the issue is the fact that the vast majority of Australia’s copper lines are well beyond their recommended lifespan and have already been affected, or are prone to environmental damages such as water. In addition to this, by implementing your proposed FTTN solution an unfair division will occur between those who are connected under the FTTN method and those who have already been connected to the superior FTTH method. Now it is understood that customers will have the choice to opt in to a FTTH solution, however, in saying this, if connection costs are even remotely reflective of overseas models, it will prove unaffordable for the majority of Australian households. Furthermore, this will continue to promote an inevitable division across Australian citizens; namely a division between the wealthy and the rest of us. Likewise, unless your government utilises a model in which cost subsidising occurs, such a division will become increasingly more apparent. This division will not prove healthy in the long run for our economy, or our society. It is important to note that the above model will only prove practical under an entirely government owned network; not a network at the mercy of private organisations. Moving on, it is disconcerting to find that your government is proudly quoting an approximate $30 billion cost, roughly 2/3rds of Labor’s approximate $45 billion cost, yet it will only manage 1/10th of the speed (with the deficiency in speed likely to continue to grow as time goes on). What's more these ‘savings’ figures do not factor in the cost of upgrading the FTTN network again when the time comes just a few quick decades down the road. These upgrade costs on top of your $30 billion estimated cost, combined with inflation rates will result in a budget blowout which will well exceed that of the Labor party’s existing NBN proposal. On the other hand a superior FTTH solution is able to alleviate all these shortcomings as well as provide a host of advantages. Fibre networks are not dependent/limited by the distance from the exchange, are far less susceptible to environmental hazards/interference, will provide the vast majority of Australian’s with an equal and unified service, are renowned in the industry as a viable method capable of delivering future broadband services, will prove to be an increasingly more cost effective option as time goes on. Building upon this, under a FTTH NBN, future upgrade costs will be next to nothing since all upgrades will take place at either end of the lines (i.e. at the exchange/premises), rather than replacing the lines themselves. Locations around the globe where FTTH technology exist have demonstrated that there is sufficient growth, market adoption and economic benefit to make this technology feasible, as well as justifiable in terms of cost. This is already apparent in Tasmania (its FTTH construction is approaching its completion) 44% of customers (and growing) are subscribing to its highest tier service of 100Mbps, suggesting a strong desire even on our own shores for gigabit services which are only capable on a FTTH solution. The strength of gigabit services, in places such as Kansas City (under Google’s Fibre project) are already witnessing a boost in economy via the creation of new jobs and services along with the garnering of international attention from global corporations alike. Broadband internet is an ‘infrastructure’ and should be considered in the same light as highways, water management, electricity and so forth; it should be a ‘right’ available ‘equally’ to all Australians. Broadband internet is one of many crucial building blocks which creates the underlying foundation for a successful nation. Superfast broadband is about more than connecting several family PCs, laptops, iPads, phones and other devices to the internet. It is about more than downloading ones favourite music, TV shows, movies or watching YouTube sensations. And yes, it is about more than being able to connect health and educational services, businesses and corporations. Having a well thought out, well implemented, and well maintained National Broadband Network is about ensuring the prosperity of Australians for generations to come. It is a vision shared by the Australian spirit and achievable through FTTH technology. It is due to this dream and the concern that it may not be met, that I and many Australians urge you to reconsider your proposal of a FTTN NBN in favour of a superior FTTH NBN. As your policy currently stands it is merely patch-work; a short term solution to a long term problem.
Petition to Emma Husar
Legislate to keep NBN Towers at least 1km from our Schools
NBN tower proposed to be located very close (350m) to ‘The lakes Christian School’, Quick facts: NBN Co want to set up a tower 350m from our school. This is right in the most intense section of radiation emissions from towers. Towers have a 14km range so there is no need to be close to the school. Microwaves from towers are a Class 2B Carcinogen – WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION. Kids are most vulnerable to this radiation. Kids will spend 8 hrs / day, 5 days per week at school. This could be for up to 15 years - from prep (3yo) to HSC (18 yo) up to 15 years. Towers emit long term low level radiation. Long term low level microwave radiation has the potential to do harm to school children.Optus, Vodaphone & Telstra are prevented from putting towers near schools. NBN Co can put them anywhere including close to schools. We need to ensure they don’t put them near our schools! Sign & help us tell our politicians to stop NBN Co from potentially harming out kids The Science: How microwaves from NBN & mobile phone promote cancer has been defined: 1. Microwaves disrupt DNA repair mechanisms inside human stem cells 2. Damaged / unrepaired stem cell DNA can lead to tumour formation. 3. The disruption of DNA repair is not caused by the heating effect of microwaves, but rather by numerous, more complex effects of RF/Microwave radiation, on cell machinery 4. The same experiments revealed that human stem cells are: i. Sensitive to many more microwave frequencies than normal cells such as skin cells ii. Can't adapt to stress from Microwaves (other cells can) 5. Babies, children & adolescents must use many stem cells to grow 6. This make them vulnerable Reference: Belyaev GY 2012, ‘Address to the National Press Club, Washington DC, viewed 26 January 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCHlhmX9Bio Letter to Ms Emma Husar MP (Member for Lindsay, New South Wales) NBN tower proposed to be located very close (350m) to ‘The lakes Christian School’ 1. Quick Facts: a. The Lakes Christian School at 206 E Wilchard Rd, Castlereagh NSW 2749, lies in very close proximity to the strongest section of the radio-wave beam emitted by a (proposed) NBN Co monopole tower at 55-69 Keech Road Castlereagh NSW 2749 b. children who regularly attend the school will be receiving continual passive exposure to low level radio (micro) wave radiation from the tower for up to 8 hours per day, for up to 15 years if attending the school from Prep school to year 12. c. The greatest power density levels are experience between 200 – 800m peaking at between 250-450m according to the Environmental EME report from NBN Co d. Towers have an effective range of 14 kilometres line of site (LOS) e. Given this, a 1km distance would not seem an unreasonable displacement from the school to ensure school children receive only lower dose tower radiation while the school retains good NBN services f. Lands along the northern side of Smeeton, Jolly or Hinxman roads past the Sheridan Rd intersection present excellent alternative siting options with good LOS to the entire area g. Important research paper highlighting real unintended radio tower health effects is attached What we are asking you help with: 2. Emma meet with us (concerned constituents – Castlereagh mums & dads) briefly to discuss the issue. 3. Assist us by making appropriate representations to: a. Penrith City Council to seek disallowance of approval for erection of NBN Co monopole tower at 55-69 Keech Road Castlereagh NSW 2749 which is extremely close to the Lakes Christian School. Irrespective of approval or non-approval of the development by Penrith City Council; b. Relevant Australian Federal Government decision making authorities including to the office of the prime minister to ensure that NBN Co is prevented from erecting a tower so close to ‘The Lakes Christian School’ in Castlereagh to; c. Ensure that the proposed NBN Co Monopole tower is relocated to a more suitable site sufficiently distant from both ‘The lakes Christian School’ & Castlereagh Public School, to minimise chronic exposure levels to students, but at a site that still allows NBN Co to appropriately provide the NBN services to the local community without endangering the possible future health of school children. A distance of approximately ≥ 1km from both schools would ensure that each school is out of the highest power density zones. This should not be too difficult given the plethora of land available locally to site a tower. Signed on Behalf of the Castlereagh Community Andreas Klein BSc Hons, Adv Dip Nutr Med, Dip Rem Ther,
Petition to NBN Australia, Telstra, Bill Morrow, Malcolm Turnbull
NBN Process And Outcome Extremely Disappointing And Uncomprehensible For This Day And Age.
The provision of a' one chance only' for signal testing for NBN availability is not fair. We were given one chance and told ' no signal', therefore had only the satellite option. Following satellite installation, we independently paid someone who was able to find a sufficient signal within ten minutes. Yes, we had a signal, but the first testers did not find it!!!!! apparently not that hard. Our chances of having wireless NBN were diminished because we had satellite installed. We now have no internet because the affordability of internet through satellite is ridiculous. I am in year 7 and need it for a lot of my work. It's hard without it. Very hard. NBN will now not install wireless NBN to our property at all because we had the satellite installed even though there is a signal there. The tower is 4.5km away!!!! Mum and dad have tried hard for me to get it installed. Emails, constant phone calls etc, only to be told case closed, case closed, there's nothing else you can do. I have to go to the town library to use the internet, but sometimes I can't because it is closed when I finish sports training.... It's really hard for me to do the best I can in my studies because of this. Many people can't believe that we have no internet, because it is unbelievable in this day and age... We are stuck, with no one to help us! The solution is easy. We have the signal ( something that should have been found by the first testers and this would not have been a big issue in our lives), so why can't we have the wireless NBN service installed? That's all that is needed... a strong signal. WE HAVE IT!
Petition to NBN Co, Telstra , Telstra
A high speed Fixed Wireless broadband tower for The Channon and outlying communities
We the residents of The Channon and outlying communities (Terania Creek, Tuntable Creek and Whian Whain) are sick of suffering slow broadband speeds. Current DSL services have been left untouched for up to 8 years with no improvements made what-so-ever. In this time the amount of residents connected to the single exchange in The Channon has grown exponentially. Those of us currently using the service are getting anywhere from 8 to 10 times slower speeds than what is advertised, in some cases less than 1 megabit (1mbps). We have also for some time been at a point where some residents cannot even get connection to the internet due to a lack of available slots on the exchange. This needs to change now. We are requesting that a Fixed Wireless (FTTN) tower is installed near 34 Standing Street, The Channon NSW 2480. In the very unlikely event that a Fixed Wireless tower is not seen as a viable option, we request that an alternative and equally suitable solution that covers the residents in these areas, is carried out as soon as possible. A Fixed Wireless tower at the aforementioned location would provide cheap high speed internet and a stable home phone service to the entire community of The Channon, approximately 550 residents. The tower would also serve approximately 300 Residents in Terania Creek, 350 residents in the Tuntable Creek area and 200 Residents in Whian Whian. ___________________________________________________________ Some benefits of being on the NBN include: It's cheaper. In fact, it's a whole lot cheaper. Up to 50% cheaper. Because the NBN (National Broadband Network) plans are all government subsidised you can expect less expensive home phone and broadband bills. March 2017 - The Cheapest NBN Plans It's up to fifty (50) times faster than the DSL you are using now. At the bare minimum it's 12 times faster, but average speeds are anywhere from 25 times faster to 50 times faster than the internet speeds you are experiencing now. How fast is the NBN? It's future-proof. NBN infrastructure and plans will be upgraded and improved before any other kind of broadband or telephone service. This is due to newer technology and also as a result of increased government funding. More money and better technology available means faster and better results and progress. NBN Progress Plan You have a huge array of choices for an ISP on the NBN network. Being on the NBN means that you will now have the ability to shop around for a better deal on your broadband. Instead of being limited to very few ISPs that still offer the current DSL we are all using, you'll have over 50 different providers to choose from, meaning you can find the perfect plan to suit your needs. NBN Fixed Wireless Providers ISPs on the NBN do not impose excess charges for exceeding your download or upload quota. If your plan even has a quota limit, your speed will just be slowed temporarily for the rest of your billing month. You can forget about the weather ever interfering with your call quality again. Many of us suffer terrible connection quality in our landlines after rain, and some suffer issues with the connection regardless of the weather. On the NBN your calls are routed wirelessly in the same way your internet is so you never have to worry about the weather affecting the quality of your call. You'll be finally able to say goodbye to your home phone (If you want). Because the NBN Fixed Wireless service does not require a working physical copper wire line, those who wish to remove their home phone in favour of using their mobile(s) will be able to and save money accordingly whilst still being able to enjoy home broadband. ________________________________________________________ Additionally it won't cost you anything. We've already well and truly paid for the service. None of us will have to pay a cent to have the Fixed Wireless tower installed. For those tin foil hat residents among us. Wireless Signals do not have adverse health affects and will not give you or your kids cancer or headaches. In fact, Australia arguably has some of the strictest laws in the world governing the safe use of radio-frequencies: Australian Government Wi-Fi and Health Wi-Fi is not harming our children, here's the evidence Scientists say that Wifi won't give your kids cancer 3G & 4G Health Factor Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Energy Are there health risks to using Wi-Fi? No evidence to support harmful wireless signals WHO Organisation - Study on Wireless Health Wi-Fi Health Scare Tactics are Clickbait Reality Check: Your Wi-Fi isn't dangerous For those of you who are seriously paranoid, I suggest doing some thorough reading and directing your 'campaigning energy' into a cause like banning CSG mining. Thanks. ____________________________________________________________ When this petition gets enough signatures I will personally forward it to all relevant parties.
Petition to NBN Co
NBN fix Kingaroy's congestion issue !
NBN Co, Kingaroy has a 28% take up of the NBN of those households eligible to connect. Communication between NBN Co and my RSP has discovered the abysmal speeds I experience (1.7Mbps connection on a 50Mbps plan) is due to the congestion on the Fisher St tower in Kingaroy. NBN have issued upgrade service notifications for the tower in recent weeks however there has been NO UPGRADE to the speed of the service. I am a local school teacher and very regularly have parents vent their frustration of their children not being able to complete assignments at home due to the poor quality and unstable connection they experience. I have written several letters to my local federal MP, David Littleproud, and other concerned politicians as well as featured in an article in my local APN newspaper. I will continue to publicise the issue until an adequate resolution has been achieved. If NBN Co and LNP want more support in regional QLD then trying to have a higher 'buy-in' than 28% of eligible households should be achieved. Why would the remaining 72% want to connect when you can't even handle the congestion of a quarter of the load ? There is not much future thought (if any thoughts) happening here by your technicians. Local paper article with statistics: https://www.southburnetttimes.com.au/news/low-pick-up-rate-for-nbn-in-south-burnett/3144534/ My Connection: http://imgur.com/a/AWaK1 One of three letters I have written to MPs: http://imgur.com/a/mUISh
Petition to Bill Morrow, The Australiian Government, Senator Mitch Fifield, Senator Fiona Nash, Senator Michelle Rowland, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull
Super-fast, affordable broadband through the NBN by 2020. #TodayNotoMorrow
Dear Mr. Bill Morrow, This petition is from all Australians that we DO want super-fast broadband and WOULD use it “even if we offered it for free”. We are not saying that we do want it for free, but we wish for our current government to deliver an NBN which connects all Australians and makes us a stronger competitor on the global market. This petition is in reaction to your comments made on the 8th of February, 2017 and despite your work since joining the NBN board for a few years now, you have failed to deliver on your work and promises. Despite promising download speeds of up to one gigabit per second on the NBN since 2013, you yourself confirmed no NBN provider currently offered the high-speed plans to consumers or businesses. This is a petition for you to either step down Mr. Morrow and have someone who believes in the future and digital economy of Australia take on the challenge or simply deliver what you and the NBN organisation have promised. This is not about politics or the way our country is being run, this is about the future of Australians and the 13.3 million internet subscribers that pay more than $50 or more a month for an online service that cannot even compete with the likes of France, New Zealand or Russia. Mr. Morrow, please, you are already a joke in other countries right now, please help us push back these laughs and criticisms with our own homegrown humour and access to the internet to keep making memes, boosting the economy and providing better ways to communicate with one another from Yass to Yirrkala. We want a 1Gbps service and want you to work with ISP's to develop it and make it affordable. To quote Steve Jobs: A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them. Show people the benefit of a fast internet and give it to them. Talk with people. Work on this. Signed, The Native Netizens of Australia.