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News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch on Sky News, stating that the NBN is a ridiculous idea

Our director previously wrote a letter to News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch asking him to clarify his position on the Australian NBN. Sadly, these letters received no response. We have also published other posts sharing our view of News Corp’s influence on the NBN.

Recently, Mr Murdoch gave an interview to Sky News, which is part-owned by News Corporation, in which he revealed some of his views on Australia’s biggest public infrastructure project

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Earlier today, NBN Co appointed one of the most senior executives of media organisation News Corp Australia to be its new chief financial officer. Stephen Rue will commence work from the 1st of July.

Rupert Murdoch & News Corp have often been accused of having influenced the Liberal Government’s decision to scrap the previous Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN design and replace it with an inferior design based on acquiring and reusing old copper phone lines owned by Telstra, as well as the existing Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial networks owned by Telstra and Optus.

News Corp and Telstra are joint owners of Foxtel, which uses the Telstra HFC network to provide Cable TV to Australian subscribers who live in cabled areas.
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RemoteLaboratory.com strongly supports the deployment of a Fibre-to-the-Premises National Broadband Network in Australia – a prerequisite to enable the growth of Australia’s Information economy, education and R&D capabilities.

Here are our current popular posts concerning the NBN:

Letter from our Director of R&D Vladimir Lasky to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull explaining why a Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN is more economically sound than a Fibre-to-the-Node NBN:

https://remotelaboratory.com/archives/why-a-fttp-nbn-makes-better-business-sense-than-a-fttn-nbn/

Letter from our Director of R&D Vladimir Lasky to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, explaining why extending fibre-optic cable all the way to customers’ homes is not “wacko”:

https://remotelaboratory.com/archives/extending-optical-fibre-every-australian-home-wacko/

Letter from our Director of R&D Vladimir Lasky to News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch, requesting clarification on his and News Corp’s view of the NBN and a response to suggestions in the media that they are unfairly influencing the government’s NBN policy:

https://remotelaboratory.com/archives/news-corp-australian-nbn/

Why advances in wireless communications will NOT make fibre-optic networks like the NBN unnecessary:

https://remotelaboratory.com/archives/will-advanced-wireless-networks-make-fibre-optic-networks-like-australian-nbn-unnecessary/

Summary of Internode founder Simon Hackett’s proposal to simply and lower the cost of building the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN). Simon was recently appointed by Malcolm Turnbull as a non-executive director of the NBN Co board. His proposal is titled “NBN Fibre on a Copper Budget”

https://remotelaboratory.com/archives/founder-australian-isp-internode-simon-hackett-creates-proposal-lower-cost-building-australian-national-broadband-network-nbn/

How the small rural community of Olds in Alberta, Canada built a Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) Gigabit broadband network, despite many obstacles. Something that should inspire everyone not to give up:

https://remotelaboratory.com/archives/small-rural-community-of-olds-in-alberta-canada-builds-fibre-to-the-premises-fttp-gigabit-broadband-network-despite-obstacles/

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News Corp and the Australian NBN

by admin on November 15, 2013 13:08 pm · Leave a comment

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In the Australian media, there have been frequent suggestions that Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation have been unfairly influencing the Government’s policy on the National Broadband Network to suit their commercial interests.

Our Director of R&D, Vladimir Lasky, has written a letter to News Corporation Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch to clarify his and News Corp’s positions on the NBN:

Rupert Murdoch
Executive Chairman
News Corporation
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036 USA

Re: News Corp and Australian Government Policy on the NBN

Dear Mr Murdoch,

My name is Vladimir Lasky. I am a Computer Systems Engineer by profession and run RemoteLaboratory.com – a Sydney-based IT business that develops technology to allow University students and researchers to conduct science and engineering experiments by remote control over the Internet – a key application enabled by the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN).

I and others in my field consider the deployment of a Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN to be the most universally beneficial infrastructure project in Australia’s history – a key requirement to enable the growth of Australia’s Information economy, education and R&D.

It is has been widely suggested in the Australian media and blogosphere that you and/or News Corporation have been lobbying our government to prevent the deployment of a Fibre-to-the-Premises NBN, where optical fibres are extended all the way to each user’s home or business.

The reason put forward is that the higher bandwidth offered by a Fibre-to-the-Premises architecture, compared with the alternative Fibre-to-the-Node architecture, poses a threat to your and/or News Corporation’s Australian commercial interests by making it easier for Australian customers to obtain content such as TV shows and movies at a lower cost compared to if they had to pay for content through local providers that you and/or News Corporation have a financial interest in.

This suggestion causes many of us here very deep concern as it makes us believe that our future as a country is being compromised for the sake of selfish commercial interests.

I thought it would be appropriate to ask you the following questions directly so you can clear things up and share your point of view:

1. Given that the Australian NBN is planned to be built using either a Fibre-to-the-Node or a Fibre-to-the-Premises architecture, do you and/or News Corporation have a preference for either of these architectures and if so, which is it?

2. If you or News Corporation have a preference, has this been communicated to any members of the current government by you or any representatives of News Corporation? If so, what are the names of the News Corporation representatives and which members of the government did they communicate their preference to?

3. If the Australian government deploys the NBN using a Fibre-to-the-Premises architecture, will any politicians, or the government as a whole, have any reason to fear that this will result in less favourable media coverage from News Corporation-owned publications compared to if the government deploys the NBN using a Fibre-to-the-Node architecture?

4. If the Australian government deploys the NBN using a Fibre-to-the-Premises architecture, will News Corporation act to reduce or restrict the availability of American content to Australian customers, e.g. by refusing to allow distribution within Australia or by raising prices to Australian customers, compared to if the government deploys the NBN using a Fibre-to-the-Node architecture?

I really appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my letter.

Vladimir Lasky
Director of R&D
RemoteLaboratory.com

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