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Wed 26 SEPComment
Footballers get a kick out of the NBN
Posted on Wednesday 26 September 2012 by Dan Warne
It's Grand Final Week in football-mad Melbourne.
So how better to celebrate the switch-on of the latest area to receive the NBN than with the world's first NBN-enabled Aussie Rules coaching session?
After all, superfast broadband won't just change the way Australians work. It will impact on our leisure time too.
Hawthorn legend Robert DiPierdomenico beamed in live via a superfast fibre link to suburban South Morang, in Melbourne's north, to offer tips and advice to tomorrow's aspiring AFL superstars, while North Melbourne's Brent Harvey was on the ground in South Morang to ensure the kids - and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy - were put through their paces.
Around 2300 homes and businesses in the suburb can now connect to the NBN and work has also begun on rolling out the fibre to nearby Mill Park and Bundoora.
Dipper, it transpires, is a huge fan of the potential of the NBN to bring players, coaches and fans closer to the game.
"Grand Final Week is all about being able to connect with the greats of the game. The superfast broadband network being rolled out right across the country will open up all sorts of exciting opportunities for kids in cities, the regions and the bush to get up close to the world's greatest sports stars right from their lounge room or their backyard," Dipper said.
"The last time I played in a Grand Final was in 1989 - two years before the invention of the world wide web. The sorts of things people can do over the NBN today would have seemed like science fiction back then. Technology is not standing still. Neither should Australia."
Every home, school and workplace in Australia is planned to be connected to the NBN within the next decade.
Construction work has commenced on rolling out the NBN to 48,000 homes and businesses in Victoria.
By the middle of 2015 construction is set to have commenced or be completed for 690,000 homes and businesses across the state.
When we talk about speeds delivered over the National Broadband Network, we are referring to the wholesale speed to telephone and internet service providers. The speed you can achieve, and services you can use, on your individual connection will depend on many factors including the services you subscribe to, the software and communication protocols you use, quality of your equipment and connection to your home/business, the broadband plans offered by your telephone or internet provider and how it designs its network to cater for multiple users.
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