Broadband battle

Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?
 
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01 .Competing plans

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Constructing a national broadband network (NBN) is a nationbuilding project on the scale of freeways and railway. Like most grand schemes, it requires vision and promises benefits to consumers into the future. 

Anthony Albanese is now the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. His department told CHOICE that the Rudd Labor government sees the national broadband network as essential infrastructure, like electricity and water.

It's clear that the NBN is one of the election battlegrounds and voters are faced with a choice between two different plans:

  • The federal government is building a fibre-to-the-premises network for most premises around the country.
  • The Opposition plans to build the network with fibre-to-street nodes and then connect to the phone network for the last section for most connections. Users who want fibre to their premises will have to pay for the fibre connection and that could run into thousands of dollars.

While both sides of politics agree the network is needed, the scope, timing and cost of their respective plans are different. 

There's also been criticism of both plans. The NBN rollout has been criticised for delays and the use of contractors. Yet others say those who benefit from maintaining the copper network and supplying ADSL technology present obstacles to a complete fibre rollout.

Snapshot of the current NBN

The federal government has been building a broadband network using fibre for the majority of premises around the country, and fixed wireless or satellite for the rest.

  • The NBN is being built by NBN Co, a government enterprise like Australia Post.
  • You won’t need to pay phone line rental on the NBN with some providers.
  • The NBN Co has fixed wholesale prices until 2017.
  • Internet providers such as Telstra, Optus and iiNet will sell plans with different connection speeds and data allowance.
  • To compare plans, see nbncompared.com.au.
  • It may be some years before you can get the NBN, depending on where you live. Find out when it will reach your street on the rollout map at the NBN website.
  • A connection box will be installed on the outside of your house for free.
  • There were 48,600 users as of the end of March 2013.
  • Internet speed, reliability and e-services will benefit from the NBN.
  • The government’s NBN website nbnco.com.au has more details.
  • The ACCAN's NBN consumer guides can help answer any further questions.

The two NBN plans at a glance

Labor

Fibre to the premises (FTTP)

  • Network cost: $43bn
  • Timeline for completion: 2021
  • Speed (download/upload): from 12Mbps/1Mbps up to 1Gbps both ways

Coalition

Fibre to the node (FTTN)

  • Network cost: $29.5bn
  • Timeline for completion: late 2019
  • Download speed: 25-100Mbps/No upload speed provided publicly  

Compare the speeds of the FTTP and FTTN networks at howfastisthenbn.com.au and howfastisthenbnreally.com.au.

 
 

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Adam's opinion:

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2 MONTHS AGO | I bought the Russell Hobbs Steamgilde a couple of weeks ago on the back of this review. To my mind it's a good iron for the price - does what it says it does. There are only two drawbacks. The first is that it's a little heavy for my liking, though not excessively. The other is that there's a pinhole in the water reservoir cover which leads directly to the reservoir. I'm not sure why it's there, but if the iron gets moved around a lot (I tend to iron in a hurry) small amounts of water come out of the pinhole and it either drips down the iron when it's standing and pools on the ironing board, or ends up on the clothing.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | What does ns mean under Drip Protection?
Philips PerfectCare Azur GC4912/30

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Jens's opinion:

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11 MONTHS AGO | Will there be an updated iron review soon? Thanks.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Kate's opinion:

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1 YEAR AGO | Unrelated to the test results of Choice recommending the Sunbeam iron, I purchased a Sunbeam Verve 68 Resilium iron last year but it has been the worst iron I have ever used. Similar to other comments posted here, I found the water leaked and spattered over clothes during use, leaving wet patches, so I am not pleased with this Sunbeam iron and intend to replace it - yet Sunbeam have had such a good reputation up until now. There is clearly a fault in its manufacture as other Choice members seem to have had the same problem of leakage and spattering. I will not purchase a Sunbeam iron again.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Eva D's opinion:

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2 YEARS AGO | No mention on what any of these irons cost to run, is there?
Typically these are all 2400W irons, so if you use one just for one hour its 2.4KWH. Lets say you iron on average 10 hours a week, at typical peak electricity rates here in Victoria that will be $125 a quarter, $500 a year.
We have a Phillips GC4420, but it cost too much to use it during the week, so we only use it weekends and public holidays - off peak rates.
For little jobs during the week we have a small Sunbeam Pro Travel ($32). It only uses 600W and does a surprisingly good job. Even at 600W we still use it sparingly to keep costs down.
We know people who never iron anything, apart from small touchups, and others that spend every day ironing practically everything. We're somewhere in between, but it still costs way too much!
Also why we boil the kettle on the gas stove rather than use an electric.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Adam's opinion:

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2 MONTHS AGO | I bought the Russell Hobbs Steamgilde a couple of weeks ago on the back of this review. To my mind it's a good iron for the price - does what it says it does. There are only two drawbacks. The first is that it's a little heavy for my liking, though not excessively. The other is that there's a pinhole in the water reservoir cover which leads directly to the reservoir. I'm not sure why it's there, but if the iron gets moved around a lot (I tend to iron in a hurry) small amounts of water come out of the pinhole and it either drips down the iron when it's standing and pools on the ironing board, or ends up on the clothing.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Glenys's opinion:

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1 MONTH AGO | What does ns mean under Drip Protection?
Philips PerfectCare Azur GC4912/30

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Jens's opinion:

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11 MONTHS AGO | Will there be an updated iron review soon? Thanks.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Kate's opinion:

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1 YEAR AGO | Unrelated to the test results of Choice recommending the Sunbeam iron, I purchased a Sunbeam Verve 68 Resilium iron last year but it has been the worst iron I have ever used. Similar to other comments posted here, I found the water leaked and spattered over clothes during use, leaving wet patches, so I am not pleased with this Sunbeam iron and intend to replace it - yet Sunbeam have had such a good reputation up until now. There is clearly a fault in its manufacture as other Choice members seem to have had the same problem of leakage and spattering. I will not purchase a Sunbeam iron again.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Eva D's opinion:

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2 YEARS AGO | No mention on what any of these irons cost to run, is there?
Typically these are all 2400W irons, so if you use one just for one hour its 2.4KWH. Lets say you iron on average 10 hours a week, at typical peak electricity rates here in Victoria that will be $125 a quarter, $500 a year.
We have a Phillips GC4420, but it cost too much to use it during the week, so we only use it weekends and public holidays - off peak rates.
For little jobs during the week we have a small Sunbeam Pro Travel ($32). It only uses 600W and does a surprisingly good job. Even at 600W we still use it sparingly to keep costs down.
We know people who never iron anything, apart from small touchups, and others that spend every day ironing practically everything. We're somewhere in between, but it still costs way too much!
Also why we boil the kettle on the gas stove rather than use an electric.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Adam's opinion:

  • Member since: 24 Jun 14
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2 MONTHS AGO | I bought the Russell Hobbs Steamgilde a couple of weeks ago on the back of this review. To my mind it's a good iron for the price - does what it says it does. There are only two drawbacks. The first is that it's a little heavy for my liking, though not excessively. The other is that there's a pinhole in the water reservoir cover which leads directly to the reservoir. I'm not sure why it's there, but if the iron gets moved around a lot (I tend to iron in a hurry) small amounts of water come out of the pinhole and it either drips down the iron when it's standing and pools on the ironing board, or ends up on the clothing.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Glenys's opinion:

  • Member since: 24 Nov 12
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1 MONTH AGO | What does ns mean under Drip Protection?
Philips PerfectCare Azur GC4912/30

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Jens's opinion:

  • Member since: 26 Aug 13
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+1
 
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11 MONTHS AGO | Will there be an updated iron review soon? Thanks.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Kate's opinion:

  • Member since: 18 Jan 12
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1 YEAR AGO | Unrelated to the test results of Choice recommending the Sunbeam iron, I purchased a Sunbeam Verve 68 Resilium iron last year but it has been the worst iron I have ever used. Similar to other comments posted here, I found the water leaked and spattered over clothes during use, leaving wet patches, so I am not pleased with this Sunbeam iron and intend to replace it - yet Sunbeam have had such a good reputation up until now. There is clearly a fault in its manufacture as other Choice members seem to have had the same problem of leakage and spattering. I will not purchase a Sunbeam iron again.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Eva D's opinion:

  • Member since: 25 Jun 13
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2 YEARS AGO | No mention on what any of these irons cost to run, is there?
Typically these are all 2400W irons, so if you use one just for one hour its 2.4KWH. Lets say you iron on average 10 hours a week, at typical peak electricity rates here in Victoria that will be $125 a quarter, $500 a year.
We have a Phillips GC4420, but it cost too much to use it during the week, so we only use it weekends and public holidays - off peak rates.
For little jobs during the week we have a small Sunbeam Pro Travel ($32). It only uses 600W and does a surprisingly good job. Even at 600W we still use it sparingly to keep costs down.
We know people who never iron anything, apart from small touchups, and others that spend every day ironing practically everything. We're somewhere in between, but it still costs way too much!
Also why we boil the kettle on the gas stove rather than use an electric.

 
 
 
 
 

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