Australian Internet "Grid" - Copyright: 13th of August 2003. Ken Lawson
Future Shock, you haven't been shocked enough yet.
"Its was a 5 minute brainstorm, this is what I came up with, will it work?"
(Doubts at first, then it flowed, like nectar from a flower.)
Will it span centuries to come? - YES
Is it expensive to build? - YES
Can it be managed? YES, over the longer term.
This proposal technology leaps all the hurdles with room for massive growth.
Would it fit all existing and future technologies? - YES
Can we forget this proposal once we have seen it, with what it has to offer? - NO
NO it won't go away, it will still be there, it has left a lasting impression that cannot be ignored.
Then we must start building it, mindful of cost, spanning many decades in a managed installation regime.
The old copper network would have been costly way back when, it was first considered,
but the perceived benefits then outweighed the cost, voice communication was determined to be a necessity,
especially in the bush.
Alexander Graham Bell had trouble getting investors for what he thought was a great idea in his time,
if he was able to view how far his invention has grown and the distances it has traveled he would now smile
and say, thank you, its not exactly my vision as you have already gone beyond that in 2005.
I had a bit of a rest since last November 2004 to recharge and find some answers to a few nagging problems
that I could not answer at that time, I spread myself out over lots of subjects not only this one.
I have since February 2005 found those answers and all will be revealed very, very, soon.
The future of telecommunications is just around the corner, we must all be patient, as it will take a few years to design and install
to every citizen of this great brown land we call home (Australia).
When I first started thinking about this proposal there was a number of missing pieces, over a period of say, 5 or 6 years,
I started consciously putting the information away, then running through what I had remembered previously, when finding any
new information or bits of this immense puzzle in the information streams I read.
What would the future of telecommunications be like?
I finally decided one day to type up the basics of those ideas, this was about three or four days before the published date in
August 2003 with about a page and half of text - Draft page 1.
I think what triggered this response was the fact that 3D screens were coming soon, thus the emphasis on 3D for this proposal,
the first 3D screens came on the market in early 2004 see news section.
Do you ever get started on something and part of the way through, realise - Hey, I know this, I am confident to carry on and
The first page took me about 4-5 hours of typing and editing, to get it just right from memory, when I sat back and read back this
first page, I was truly stunned at what I had just finished typing, I told a friend after publishing the page with very basic graphics at
the time, to this site, as a separate page with no internal link, he asked.
What is it?
I showed another guy and his response was the same.
I explained the basic meaning of it to him and before I could elaborate further, he had to answer another phone call, so he had to go.
The Australian Internet GRID will work, I was surprised when our federal government decided to call for a scoping study into the
sale or not, of our national communications carrier - now Friday 18th of March Sydney Morning Herald,
The "PAGE" report by the Nationals in Queensland, Future - Proofing Telecommunications in Non-Metropolitan Australia, Sydney Morning Herald "Nationals lay out bush telegraph" 18th of March 2005 page 5.
Very interesting because they want fibre optics so bad they are willing to leave the cities far behind.
Most of what this Australian Internet GRID proposal is about, is providing national infrastructure to the benefit of all Australians
on the same base infrastructure network, without duplication so they can take advantage of being able to move and re-establish themselves in the shortest possible time, great for home based businesses, medium to large and corporate business.
It will act just like the cellular phone network or mobile phones.
Medium to Large and Corporate business need to have fibre optic capacity installed prior to moving to a new address
as they are generally higher capacity users of communications and each business varies in its usage
I am not saying we should go back to one provider for everything, competition is good for the diversity of the market and I think
I have covered this in further reading.
Ownership of the Australian Internet Grid?
This network could be owned by the Federal Government directly via its own communications carrier, IP numbers
(Internet Protocol) would be rented as network provision to all users and competing businesses, also selling membership,
the Federal Government could reduce its ownership holding with some long term plan and become a minority holder member if
and when it decides that the network is looking after itself.
This would allow everyone a membership stake and allow the Open Source Community to participate in the software development
area, vital for any new user functions while maintaining the operating system and security within for Australia only.
I believe 70% of the Australian population do not want our national carrier sold, I also agree it should not be sold, it must remain
in public hands as the base network to cover the vast Geography of Australia, they are experts in telecommunications and getting
the job done on time and within budget, they need to be given a purpose and left alone without interference.
Or could it be built as a separate entity, meaning an independent authority to provide access to all players in the market place including the national carrier?
There is complete scope for all communications providers and carriers operating on the same infrastructure, the current competition model is based on one large, medium and several smaller telco's and its a mess, with no overall planning for future services or upgrades anymore, its putting patches on existing patches with old and obsolete cable infrastructure and last century technologies.
Each telco is hoping that the other will provide the infrastructure, then they can buy time without outlaying anything themselves for fibre optic cable installation.
Duplication of the cable television fibre optic cables on the dead wood poles a few years ago, was a complete disaster, it quickly stopped when it was realised not enough consumers were connecting up to offset the capitol costs of the duel roll out, with one
or the other or both "Pay TV" businesses to go broke very quickly with huge losses, between the two competing interests at that time. The Australian Internet Grid will allow more Pay TV operators into the market on this common network.
Sometimes competing interests get it wrong by wanting ownership so bad, they do not conduct their own consumer research properly in the beginning with correct studies in all the socioeconomic diversity, in this example it was too late, after the event,
they thought everyone would want and afford "Pay TV".
Small to medium telecommunications businesses cannot borrow enough money to go national with their own network, they are
either local or regional and it is very risky borrowing large amounts of money with the many different sized competitors in the
market at present.
All providers of communications technology will then compete on price to deliver services on this brand new network, on the Australian Internet GRID, they can be situated anywhere in Australia not just in the cities, regional Australia will then be able to
lure some of these city businesses and provide local jobs growth, small towns could revitalise their economies and provide local
jobs, instead of all their young people migrating to the big cities and getting lost in the expanse, this would also help the farmers
who are suffering the worst droughts on recorded historical records, a level playing field - remember that one?
It is no good rolling out fibre optic cables and building networks unless the software expertise is there, software is generally getting
harder as coding packages increase in size, it is no longer easy for one person to be expert at everything, it needs package experts coding each different software language, for the future of Nano technology devices and when the Quantum computer arrives, small and medium companies will be locked out of the future because they will not be able to afford full time programmers, small and medium companies are generally the most innovative when inventing new business and new products.
All competing telecommunications interests in Australia today, who have installed their own infrastructure will still be allowed to operate their current infrastructure on their own existing networks until they can depreciate their capitol costs, no one will be put
out of business overnight unless they cannot remain competitive with the services they provide, then they can move to full fibre
optic integration and operation when able to do so with help from the competition regulators.
The Federal Government has a huge stake in any future technology roll out, as it gains future tax revenue from business and employee wage taxes, it could also gain income from this new technology by renting the IP numbers (Internet Protocols) to all telecommunications providers.
It will also grow the economy with the many new services and new technology that currently do not exist.
The past is also the future
"The communications technology everyone in Australia today connects to, in 2005, was originally a national
infrastructure provider, the revolution that is now, today, would not be there, if the backbone was subject to the same
competition mantra that is in place today - 2005, it was built over many, many decades on simple funding rules to
make it happen in common theme."
Australia is almost the size of China, not everyone in China today has access to a Land Line telephone in 2005.
We should all be proud of this great achievement from the men and women who had vision in the past and the company who
provided the network, so that every Australian has access to a landline telephone and now it is time to move on to the
next stage of the communications revolution, essentially the """""Light Revolution""""".
Is this proposal, what everybody wants or is it the ideas they want?
If you accept the ideas then you must accept this proposal, this proposal will only work with one national carrier providing the infrastructure and intelligence to bring all this together to showcase to the world, in this new and exciting century,
where technological innovation will be the greatest advance of any other century in human history, towards the 21st century
we go with trust in our abilities and also the future.
The future looks very bright with this proposal.
I ask that this draft version 4 be included in the Scoping Study currently underway into the Sale or Not of Telstra as an alternative
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