G9, Helen Coonan and the ACCC keep Broadband plan to themselves

26 04 2007

Renai LeMay asks What did the G9 leave out of its press release? “the G9 group of telcos (Optus, AAPT, iiNet and so on) … issued a press release detailing the formal lodgement of their draft proposal for a new nationwide fibre broadband network.”

The press release contains interesting points like:

“The SAU would be for 12 years from the commercial launch of the service in order to provide investors with appropriate long term certainty in relation to return on this significant long term asset.”
There’s no mention of how these assets might depreciate over 12 years and with current accounting practices out of step with perceived market value, this may be a questionable investment. A copper phone line of insufficient quality to sustain new technologies should be depreciated at a more rapid rate if it’s to be held in line with other new technologies such as computers. The value of a building wired with old copper wire is not enhanced by the wire, the market value of a building wired with broadband cable is enhanced. This technology has evolved dramatically in less than 12 years, exactly how is depreciation and this investment expected to run over the 12 year span?

“The FTTN Network will be an IP based next generation network capable of delivering high speed broadband services to over four million Australian homes.”
What percentage of Australians will actually benefit from this? The last measurement of Australian homes I saw pegged us at 7.8 million homes. If this number is still accurate, the G9 proposal only supplies broadband to less than half of Australian homes!

More information please.





Melbourne Online Digital Media (MODM) is tonight

24 04 2007

The first Melbourne Online Digital Media (MODM) organised by Cameron Reilly is on tonight at Acqua Vino in Yarraville, see all the details on Upcoming.org. I am looking forward to meeting Andrew Pascoe, Mathieu Tozer and seeing Urbaer, Miriam, Keren Flavell. What other Melbourne folks are coming?





Alan Jones, inciting racial violence and the 2GB media whores

10 04 2007

The ACMA has linked Alan Jones to the Cronulla violence. The ACMA has found that 2GB and Alan Jones have breached the Commercial Radio Code of Practice in 2006, with their broadcasts on the Cronulla riots.
The regulator has ruled that both that and other broadcasts encouraged violence and brutality and were likely to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle Eastern background on the basis of their ethnicity.
ACMA says while the issue being discussed was in the public interest, the comments were not presented reasonably or in good faith.
It has not announced what action it will take against the broadcaster.

Let’s hope that the ACMA hands out a serious monetary penalty, as well as removing the broadcasting license of 2GB. The days of media whores making money from inciting hate, violence and bigotry has to come to an end. I’d also like to see a list of advertisers who pay money to these people [Update: here it is – These messages of bigotry, violence and hatred are funded with the assistance of: Addbuild Additions, Blue Haven Pools, Dedes Restaurant, Doors Plus, Dyldam, Flying Fish, Health & Image, MBT Centre, Heart Check Medical Clinic, L.J. Hooker, Nature Bee, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Nimbo Fork Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge, Officespace Australia Wide, P&O Cruises, Park Trent Properties Group, Premier Cabs Pty Limited, Sam the Paving Man, Switzer Financial Services, The Eye Institute, The Gazebo and Woolooware Shores Lifestyle Village, who all buy advertising from 2GB. Corporate Social Responsibility is more than a buzzword.], they’ll all be making my “do not buy from, ever again” list.
ALAN JONES: My suggestion is to invite one of the biker gangs to be present in numbers at Cronulla railway station when these Lebanese thugs arrive. The bikie gangs have been much maligned, but they do a lot of good things.
It would be worth the price of admission to watch these cowards scurry back onto the train for the return trip to their lairs. And wouldn’t it be brilliant if the whole event was captured on TV cameras and featured on the evening news, so that we, their parents, family and friends can see who these bastards are.
Australians old and new shouldn’t have to put up with this scum.
ALAN JONES: I’ve been a police officer for 16 years. And unfortunately the only language the Middle Eastern youth understand is a good hiding. I know it’s not politically correct, but until we’re allowed to discipline them with a good smack, these problems’ll get worse.
Police are too afraid to act due to the complaints system. If we were allowed to act the way we want to we could solve a lot of problems. The way I see it is, once you break the law you use your rights to be treated with respect.
These Middle Eastern people must be treated be treated with a big stick, it’s the only thing they fear. They don’t fear fines and they laugh at the courts.
ALAN JONES: Yeah, lets not get too, lets not get too carried away Berta. They’re not, we don’t have Anglo-Saxon kids out there raping women in Western Sydney. So lets not get carried away with all this mealy-mouthed talk about there being two sides, I can tell you.
Because my correspondence here, from mums and dads, I am inundated and I don’t hear people complaining about Catholics and Protestants and Anglicans.
I’m sorry, but there’s this religious element in all of this and we’ve got to make sure that we welcome people into our community but we welcome them in on certain terms and certain standards, and those standards are not being met.

This is the crap they are supporting with their advertising money. 2GB is getting rich on the pain and suffering of others.
EMMA ALBERICI: While the Authority did find that the issue being discussed was in the public interest, it found that those comments were not presented reasonably and in good faith.
In its findings, ACMA noted that this is the third time that 2GB has been found in breach of the vilification provision of the Code in the last six months, for broadcasts in the past two years.
Announcers Malcolm Elliot and Brian Wilshire were also found to have breached Clause 1.3 of the Code, which says that a licensee must not broadcast a program which is likely to incite or perpetuate hatred against, or vilify, any person or group on the basis of a number of attributes including ethnicity.

In a separate matter, Jones is facing 12 months jail and/or a fine of up to $5500 for naming on air a child witness in a murder trial.
Hopefully Alan Jones will join the other media whore who went to prison for their contempt of the legal process, Derryn Hinch, who commented on a case before the courts, creating prejudice in a running trial.
Fines of such a low figure are ridiculous, given the purported six figure salaries earned.

“They don’t fear fines and they laugh at the courts.”

Sound familiar? Naming a child witness in a murder trial and asking bikie gangs to beat up ethnic kids at a beach is the worst kind of media rubbish. It will be interesting to see if the Today morning show continues to keep Alan Jones’s “daily editorial comment” [Update: not only did they keep him on, they let him defend himself as his daily comment]. Is John Howard going to continue to appear on Alan Jones’ show?
Read the findings – Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) MR35/2007

[Updated 21st April 2007: Well it appears crime really does pay in Australia for the media whores at 2GB – a $1000 fine and nine month good behaviour bond for Alan Jones, $3000 fine for Harbour Radio and $4000 fine for the Telegraph. Nice to see our justice system protected. I’m sure witnesses will feel secure giving evidence while under age as long as Alan Jones is on a good behaviour bond. His actions could easily have resulted in the murder of the juvenile witness in a murder trial. He’s not sorry, he’s telling regulators to get stuffed! Alan Jones needs a stint in jail, not a slap on the wrist. You’re responsible for your actions Alan Jones, take some responsibility for them like a grown man.

On another note, the following advertisers are *still* giving their money to 2GB, these messages of bigotry, violence and hatred are funded with the assistance of: Addbuild Additions, Blue Haven Pools, Dedes Restaurant, Doors Plus, Dyldam, Flying Fish, Health & Image, MBT Centre, Heart Check Medical Clinic, L.J. Hooker, Nature Bee, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Nimbo Fork Luxury Fly Fishing Lodge, Officespace Australia Wide, P&O Cruises, Park Trent Properties Group, Premier Cabs Pty Limited, Sam the Paving Man, Switzer Financial Services, The Eye Institute, The Gazebo and Woolooware Shores Lifestyle Village and have recently added Parklea Markets and Robemaker to their list of bigotry supporters. Do you think these two new advertisers have brought in more money than the fines took out? Way to go ACMA, you’ve sold our airwaves out, hope you’re getting a cut.]