It seems one of the biggest figures in the computing industry has decided Australian ISP companies are a bunch of sheep rustlers when it comes to giving folks a fair deal.http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=28&ContentID=103101
One of Silicon Valley’s pioneers, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, has blasted Australian home broadband services as too expensive and restrictive. Speaking in Perth yesterday, he criticised download-limited contracts with prices that far outstripped the unlimited broadband plans on offer in the US. “It seems like all internet plans of all the companies are kind of limited here. I don’t like that,” he said.
Peter Coroneos, chief executive of the Internet Industry Association of Australia, said local internet providers were right to make users pay in line with how much they downloaded. “It’s easy for Steve to come out here and make these statements but I don’t really think he has an understanding of the dynamics here,” he said.
“If there was one thing we could change right now to bring down the cost of broadband in Australia, it would be to host more of the content that we consume,” he said. “We either need YouTube in Australia, or we need the equivalent of an Aussie You-Tube the rest of the world wants to come to.”
Of course Peter neglects to mention the fact that hosting in Australia is just so expensive that there is little chance of such an even occuring, usual story, if you dont invest in providing cheap and affordable infrastructure you wont be able to build up a userbase to bring in the price-drop enabling levels of traffic, in other words you get out only what you put in,