The Australian government, whose paternalistic Internet policy includes Chinese style web censorship, is planning to connect people to broadband by force.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy is so miffed that the Aussie States are planning to block his national broadband network plans he will use federal law as a weapon to force people onto the network, if the states and territories don’t make connections mandatory.
Some do not want to go onto the national network because it means that the costs of their phone lines and broadband will increase.
Conroy claims that the only reason punters think daft things about his glorious network is because of misreporting in the media.
Not everyone in Godszone thinks that it is a good idea to spend $43 billion on the new network.
Conroy wants the current copper service to be turned off as each home and business is connected to the new broadband network.
He insists that consumers will not be worse off by connecting to the NBN. But he threatened that if they do not switch, they will not have a phone line or access to ADSL broadband.
Conroy has reiterated the government’s intention to make it compulsory to connect to the NBN as it is being rolled out.
Conroy confirmed that a cost would be involved later if one did not consent to connect to the network initially.
Basically he has said that if they do not connect straight away they will face a $300 connection fee later.
Still, it is strange that a Western government should be forcing punters to use a State sponsored internet network. One can only think that with his tendency to want to pump filtered content on the Aussie electorate, Conroy thinks that making sure that all the tubes are under state control will help him do this.