So to those who have no idea what that means, we finally have our new government decided, and they're giving all aussies access (over the next few years) to FTTH - fiber to the home internet. 100Mb is the initial rollout, with business options going up to 1Gb per line. speeds are confirmed at a minimum (assuming you pay your ISP for these speeds) of 80Mb down, 40Mb up. Most early speeds will be similar to our current offerings of 10Mb down 1Mb up, thus lowering the load on the network in its early stages. so... comments from americans on fiber? jealous foreign countries stuck on dial up? aussies who are shitting their pants that we're finally getting off tel$tras copper network of overpricing and poor service? bit of side notes for non aussies Spoiler Telstra is the main phone company here, and due to them previously being owned by the govmt, they own ALL copper phone lines in australia. that means every phone company and every DSL ISP has to pay them first, to offer their services. even with multiple middlemen, these other companies are often tons cheaper than telstra, with far better business practices. This new fiber network will no longer be owned by telstra, thus kicking out the very expensive middleman - not only will out internet speeds go 10x faster in most areas for connections to our homes, congestion in the exchanges will also lessen severely stopping everyone's internet from slowing in peak times (i'm sure american cable users in apartment complexes know what i mean there) and prices will drop severely. Hell, we may see the return of unlimited data plans here in Au at last, since fiber has scared Telstra our biggest internet plans have rocketed from roughly 100GB a month to 1TB a month in the last three months - for the same price (see what i mean about the bad prices? they can suddenly offer 10x as much at the same cost >.<) I'm also expecting TV over internet as well as voip to pick up massively, similar to how cable internet, TV and phone are all bundled together in the USA. edit 2: since questions about the internet filter came up, i'll comment on that as well. Its split somewhat evenly in government (and very anti-filter outside of there). The two groups are basically: Old guys who are IT illieterate saying "think of the children and support the filter, or you're a pedophile" and the group saying "umm, supervise the damn kids instead?" the technically minded in charge of the filter know its a pile of crap, it only blocks HTTP web addresses, so you can still do all sorts of naughty things via proxies or torrents. at the moment its dead in the water - hopefully the new govmt is willing to scrap it completely, and focus on making money from the NBN instead.