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This is an attachment to my diary entry for 1 July 2011, where I rant about the actions of Australia's “National” Broadband Network, who seem to think that satellite Internet is a “metro-comparable broadband service”. This is not the case, and it can never be the case. Satellites can never compete with other services in terms of latency. It seems unlikely that they can match ADSL or fibre in terms of data cost, though potentially a subsidy would help there. But none has been offered. And reliability is a serious issue that I fear will also not be addressed.

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