The original post is here, but the content is as follows (for those of you who don’t read reddit).
Most of you have probably read some of my work over at http://sortius-is-a-geek.com, I just thought I’d drop a line here detailing what happens from here with the NBN.
In the first 60 days, we’re going to see reviews & audits galore, I’m expecting a reshuffle, so I’m not sure who will be looking after DBCDE this time next week. One thing I will say is I have contact with some Senators & MPs on the (now) Opposition, so I will be pushing matters discussed here to them (keep that in mind, keep conversations civil, & yes, I need to listen to my own advice there).
So we have 60 days to mount a compelling case to keep the NBN as it is, rather than the dire prediction I made of the whole project being cancelled. The best way to do so is tell your stories, post them here.
Some things to mention are:
- what your current connection is like
- stability of connection
- what you use the internet for (don’t be afraid to be honest, although porn is probably not the best justification)
- why you see reusing the copper as a bad thing
- how FTTP will affect your work life
- if you have a disability, explain how it would help you
The key is, during the review stage, much of this material can be submitted to those doing the review.
We ALL need to participate if we want to keep the NBN as is. Sign petitions, explain to people who don’t see value in it why it can change people’s lives.
A change in government doesn’t have to mean the end of such a life changing technology.
Either go to the reddit page to post your stories, or send them through to me on the contact page. We’ll start collecting stories, and put them up so everyone can see that Australians from all walks of the life need the NBN.
Remember also to contact your MPs and Senators (the list isn’t up yet from the election, but it should be in due course). Emails, phone calls, letters – it’s all important, and all helpful. I have emailed and called my local MP, and will continue to remain in contact with her office. We need to make them aware of the sheer number of people who care about this, and that we won’t take “good enough for now” as an answer.
Finally, if you haven’t already, sign the main petition (which has exploded over the last two days). The amount of support that we’ve all seen is amazing, and I hope that with enough push, we can get the coalition to change their NBN plans for the better.