blog We’ve always been a personal believer in the fact that if you build awesome technology infrastructure around the place, people will find cool things to do with it. Sounds logical, right? Sadly, not to everyone. Well, the argument that the construction of the NBN will engender great things for Australia has just been bolstered by closer examination of what’s happening in the areas in the US where Google has already laid its own fibre to the premise network.
There’s been a few articles about this, but we really like commentator Michael Wyres’ blog post today which pulls some of this stuff together, along with a coherent argument about why the Coalition’s fibre to the node-based alternative won’t have quite the same effect. Wyres writes (we recommend you read the whole thing):
“Google Fiber has been around for a little over six months in Kansas City. And it has already invoked “crazy momentum” for new digital/internet-based startups, and presumably existing businesses too. It’s actually stimulating investment – with almost identical technology to our NBN.”
We’re sure this kind of thing warms the heart of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. After all, Conroy has been banging on about this “digital economy” stuff for quite a while now; the Google example shows that not all of the Senator’s particular brand of hype is … well, hype. Some of it is real. And while we make not like the term “digital economy” (the Federal Government’s obsession with labelling everything ‘digital’ and ‘cyber’ really gets our goat), the point still stands. Improve basic underlying telecommunications infrastructure and industry will spring up to take advantage of that. Good times.