daria42 writes: Think the media's bad in your country? Spare a thought for Australia, where much of the conservative media is against the Australian Government's decision to deploy universal fibre broadband around the country to deliver 93% of Australians speeds of 1Gbps. Yup, you read correctly. There are media outlets staunchly against this plan. This week the country's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was forced to step in to defend a journalist who has been pointing out that the Government's fibre broadband plan was fundamentally better technically than a much more limited plan being pushed by the Opposition.
daria42 writes: Progress is happening rapidly in Australia, with the country's government continuing to roll out a nation-wide fibre network. However, the country's major telco Telstra doesn't appear to have quite gotten the message. Releasing its first National Broadband Network fibre broadband plans today, the telco stipulated that fibre customers will still be forced to make phone calls over the telco's existing copper network. Yup, that's right — fibre to people's houses, but phone calls over the copper network. Progress.