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A Current Affair -

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(generated from captions) situation that I won't win. But, um,

I don't give in real easy.

Well, for years, we've been told

that Australia's Internet services

are prehistoric compared to other

developed countries and the Federal

Government's plan to roll out a multibillion-dollar National Broadband Network will reportedly

change all that. So we sent Brady

Halls to the unassuming Aussie

epicentre of the revolution.

Prepare ship for light speed! No,

no! Light speed is too slow. Light

speed is too lea select committee?

Yes. We have to go right to ludicrous speed!

It's the information superhighway

on steroids. The $43 billion

National Broadband Network -

250,000 kilometres of fibreoptic

cable will transmit information at

ludicrous speed to over 11 million

Australian homes by 2018.

These guys will be the freeways and

railways of the future.

Now, when I went looking for the

epicentre of the future of the

Internet, I thought I might end up

in Tokyo, Silicon Valley or maybe

even Shanghai. I didn't expect to

be standing out front the Midway

Hair and Beauty salon at Midway

Point in Tasmania, population 2,589.

But folks, it's in this sleepy

commuter suburb just outside of

Hobart where Australia's

technological revolution, the

National Broadband Network, has

just been born. It's pretty quick!

If you believe the hype, the NBN will completely transform

everything from going to the doctor,

getting an education, to the way we

work and what we do with our spare

time. So, for example, a YouTube

movie before, you'd have to sort of

press play, press pause, wait for

it to stream but now you can pretty

much press play and the movie comes

down straightaway. For families

like these, instant movies, photos,

and no phone line rental means more

time and money to do what they love

best - Cheaper. Yeah, it's cheaper.

Yeah. So our - because we don't

have to have a phone like hooked

occupy to our house any more, we

don't have to pay telephone line

rental. We have all our services

coming through the fibre. This tech

expert says while it may prove to

be cheaper, it ain't free. You'll

still be paying $30, $40, $100

depending on your plan. But at

Robin's home, the convenience of a

medical specialist coming into your

home over the Internet is worth it.

I could go out to their homes and I

could, you know, video and download

it to a specialist in Melbourne or

a specialist in, you know, Sydney,

Brisbane, um, and they could look

at it with all their expertise, um,

which is sort of easier than

travelling clients across. And the

man running the scheme, Senator

Stephen Conroy, says there's so

much more to come. Primary school

students will be able to do tours

of museums, of art galleries, all

around the world in their own

classroom. The Government's dream

is to connect over 90% of Aussie

homes to the fibreoptic network. We

don't need necessarily to rip up

people's nature strips because

Telstra already have an underground

connection to the vast majority of

homes in Australia. Those in rural

areas will use wireless satellite. The Federal Opposition, though,

says the NBN is a costly white

elephant. This is absolutely

future-proof. Well, that's a

politician's take on it. This

technology we should expect to last

30 or 40 years. After that,

there'll be the next big thing. We

can never future-proof anything.

The future of the NBN, though,

isn't guaranteed until after the

election. Until then, these tech-

savvy asies are just pleased that

the future has come to them first for once.

You might cop a freebie? We might

be one of the only houses connected

to the NBN. Let's hope not, though. Charge!

And to find out which suburbs

around Australia will be getting on