[plug] broadband with linux
kdownes at tpg.com.au
Sun May 18 08:23:36 WST 2008
Coral and Ben wrote:
>> Unfortunately not, the 3 network is limited to perth and the larger
>> towns like bunbury and albany - although I do check their coverage
>> fairly regularly to see how far it goes. I think out here (15km south
>> of narrogin) we can get 'roaming' access to the 3 data network, but
>> that is charged at a much higher rate and isn't high speed, I might
>> be wrong - i've looked at a lot of alternatives, none of which were
>> feasable, in fact we officially don't even get nextG coverage, I have
>> a car antenna bolted to my tin roof and a long cable that goes from
>> that to the modem, and even then I only get about 30% signal.
> Rural WA is abysmally supplied with real options, both satellite and
> telstra wireless are more expensive than regular broadband, but are
> our only options, and here's the real kick in the butt:
> the broadband guarantee only applies to satellite equipment, not
> wireless - they say its because wireless is a 'mobile' type of
> internet - but actually there is two kinds of wireless, the expensive
> pay through the nose kind that can go on the road with you, or the
> slightly cheaper, needs AC power kind - not really very mobile, but a
> whole lot faster than satellite, and entirely excluded from the
> government subsidy program.
> It really frustrates me because most people out here don't have a
> clue, they think that 'broadband' means fast internet full stop. But
> satellite 'broadband' only goes up to around 500kbit and costs more
> than regular land-line based broadband which is up to, what - 2Mbit in
> the cities, if the government weren't so stupid they would stop paying
> for people to get sub-standard satellite service and use the millions
> to lay some better cabling out here and break the telstra monopoly.
Can't you get BroadBandNet there? Check out bbnet.com.au. Also there's
a relatively new player offering wireless in the regional areas - Ocean
Broadband. I'm in Albany on BBNet and I was under the impression that
they covered most of the wheatbelt.
That'll be 2d please :-)
kdownes at bbnet.com.au ph 0404 7 0808 2
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