During the week Monday 8 to Sunday 14 April 2013, I submitted to the cloud and was dominated by broadband. I did some dominating myself, in relation to two SEKRIT matters that I won’t be telling you about.
Reactions to the Coalition’s broadband policy, launched by Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, made it clear that the National Broadband Network (NBN) will be a key issue for Australia’s federal election on 14 September. I’ll be writing up my reflections on reactions and media coverage, including reactions to my own work, tomorrow. We’ll be seeing plenty more about the NBN in the coming weeks.
- Ninety billion maybes: 13 questions about Turnbull’s NBN, Crikey, 8 April 2013.
- Broadband battlelines drawn: Turnbull’s plan for fast internet, Crikey, 9 April 2013.
- Like it or not, Turnbull’s NBN vision strikes a chord, ABC The Drum, 10 April 2013.
- Broadband battle: hard numbers, ideology and gut feel, Crikey, 10 April 2013.
- Will speed kill the next tech revolution?, ZDNet Australia, 11 April 2013.
- On Tuesday I spoke about the NBN with Dom Knight and his guests on ABC 702 Sydney, but I didn’t record it.
- On Saturday I spoke about the NBN on FBi Radio’s politics show Backchat.
- On Tuesday I had a few beers at Alcatel-Lucent’s expense. Three Peronis, if I recall correctly.
- On Wednesday I attended a press briefing about trends in unified communications by Dimension Data, held at the wonderful Flying Fish Restaurant in Pyrmont, Sydney. Check out the full menu and the pre-lunch canapes. There was also wine, but I forgot to grab the wine list.
The Week Ahead
It turns out that I won’t be in Sydney continuously for the next two weeks after all. In the two years that I’ve been mostly based at Bunjaree Cottages near Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, I’ve usually migrated to the proprietors’ family home in Lilyfield during school holidays. The holidays are a busy time for Bunjaree, so it was handy for them to be on-site. But this time they’ve made other arrangements, so Wentworth Falls will continue to be my base.
It’s already Monday. I had an 0600 conference call — whose idea was that again oh yes that’s right it was mine shut up — and right now I’m on a train headed to Sydney for a lunchtime briefing, an afternoon meeting and dinner with a friend. I’ll be staying overnight for more meetings on Tuesday.
The shape of the rest of the week is unclear, but there’s a bunch of writing in the pipeline, and a bunch of planning. Stay tuned.
[Photo: Spider guest, Nicodamus species, a change from my usual bird photos from Bunjaree Cottages.]