Petition to continue NBN development now has nearly 160,000 signatures

Optic Fibre NBN

By on September 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Approximately seven people have sent us this petition over the last few days, so our apologies for not posting it earlier — but it looks like Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott’s plan to scrap the NBN is still facing some continued resistance.

An online petition started by an Australian student just five days ago has already reached 158,660 supporters, calling on Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull to reconsider their idea for a Fibre to the Home solution instead.

You can add your voice to the petition right here.

(Thanks to everybody who sent this in!)

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Nasty Wet Smear

My concern is that signing an internet petition is a waste of bytes, which are more crucial than ever now that the NBN will be hamstrung.

 

Unless the people actually work together and hold him accountable for his actions nothing will happen. The next port of call would be to sue the Coalition if they screw up the NBN, that would start making the political parties think twice.

 

This won’t do a thing. 159,000 out of how many millions of voting eligible Australians. People had their chance to have a say on the NBN last Saturday.

 

Still… voting for a party primarily for a single aspect such as the NBN is very short sighted

 

It’s got over 161,000 signatures now. Keep them coming people.

 

mearehear,

It makes a difference slightly, the fact that Labor still holds majority seats will make things difficult for Abbott, adding public fire will make it even more so.

 

mearehear,

There was a vote on the NBN? I must have missed it with the federal election going on.

Most people don’t base their vote on actual policy, if it wasn’t already obvious. Most people don’t really understand the technical details of the NBN, or the difference between FTTN and FTTH.

I think there are 13 million or so registered voters. 160,000 signatures in 5 days isn’t too shabby, if it gets up to a million, almost 10% of the registered voters in the country, you’d think that would be enough to get it back on the front page and back under public scrutiny.

 

mearehear:
This won’t do a thing. 159,000 out of how many millions of voting eligible Australians. People had their chance to have a say on the NBN last Saturday.

So share it with your friends convince them it’s a good idea get them to sign and do the same thing.

In the 21st century getting petition signatures takes 5-10 minutes of your time sharing and justifying your point of view on face-tube.

Let’s see if we can get it up to 1million and maybe change the perception of technology enthusiasts as basement dwelling slackers that never accomplish and thing and only use the internet for cat videos and porn.

 

Definitely signing, because we do need faster, more reliable internet, but seriously? The NBN was hardly the most important part of the election. When I walked in to vote, someone was handing out flyers saying ‘last chance to get fast NBN’ as if that should make people vote for a specific party. Faster internet is clearly the most important thing for the country.

 

If only such a thing had been done before the Election hey? But no, lets vote them in knowing their policy, and then try to do something about it after they have been voted in on their policy stance.

A vote for a party is a vote for their policy. If people vote so blindly “not based on policy”, and don’t speak up when the chance was there, then they deserve what they get.

 

mearehear,
Oh no, my party didn’t win and I really wanted faster interwebs. /tears. In that case, I’m more than content with 100Mb/s down on a cable connection. It’d be nice if we had fibre, yeah, but its not the end of the world and its not the reason you should be voting for a party. There were clearly bigger issues than the NBN and people did not want Labor in for another 3 years. Its been decided already and there’s really no use crying about it and whinging that you can’t download that movie quite fast enough. So sign the petition and perhaps they’ll change their minds and do it properly.

 

ooshp,

this, the votes were all about Lab leadership screw around and the fake budget crysis

 

nirvesta: Still… voting for a party primarily for a single aspect such as the NBN is very short sighted

It’s what determined my vote…. and why me and most people I know facepalmed hard at the result over the weekend.. =(
Took a front seat of preference for me when you consider just how pathetically and laughably behind Australia is compared to the rest of the “Civilized” world technologically.
Between our archaic censorship laws, our unreasonable IT pricing, the rumours last week of the Liberals Internet Filter proposal…. I’m just really getting sick and tired of living in this Ass backwards Stone Age of a country and being the laughing stock; butt end joke of the world.

Damn straight I’ll sign this, share it on Facebook, and was one of the mentioned people who sent this into GoN. If the majority – for some reason – decided to vote Abbot in then this is at the very least what I and others can do that involves very little effort.

This was on 115k signatures when I looked this morning. 50k in an evening aint bad, hope to see many more. :)

 

wolfstar90,

Disregarding the NBN issue and telling people to get over it based on the fact that there are ‘bigger’ issues in play is really short sighted and selfish. Clearly for some people fast, reliable and affordable internet is a major issue, perhaps the most important in australia.

It is possible to address multiple issues simultaneously without detracting focus from the others. It is why we have multiple MP’s running the country and different types of media.

 

Bear in mind that News Limited had already bought the LNP the election. No amount of pre-election campaigning would’ve competed with that.

As such, petitions like this are pretty much the only way for people to have a dissenting voice against a particular policy. This petition has already been picked up by ABC, SBS, The West and NineMSN. At the current rate of momentum being gathered, it’s only a matter of time before other media outlets pick it up for a story.

 

wolfstar90:
mearehear,
Oh no, my party didn’t win and I really wanted faster interwebs. /tears. In that case, I’m more than content with 100MB/s down on a cable connection.

How lovely for you. I’ll make sure to use that thought to warm me as I rage at my 1.2MBs internet speeds /firstworldproblems

But to another point made above, people rarely vote on policy, that’s why pollies spend so much time making emotional beat-ups of bullshit like ‘boat people’.

Even my wife, love her as I do, is a staunch ‘Liberal Voter’. And SHE said she’d have voted for Joe Hockey even if he was running Labour.

 

wolfstar90,

There are so many things I can say in response, but this article somes up the importance of NBN quite well: http://www.polygon.com/2013/9/6/4702992/a-40-billion-fibre-optic-network-the-australian-games-industry-and-a

 

live counter seems to be getting from 1-4 signatures a second.

just saw it tick over 170k

Edit: up to 182k in about 4 hours

 

wolfstar90:
mearehear,
Oh no, my party didn’t win and I really wanted faster interwebs. /tears.

Wow. You’re a douche.

 

mearehear:
This won’t do a thing. 159,000 out of how many millions of voting eligible Australians. People had their chance to have a say on the NBN last Saturday.

That’s actually a really decent number IMO. A rather amazing percentage of the Australian population in less than a week.

 
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