Feeds

Cabinet to be targeted with pro-FTTP ads

Crowdfunded campaigners to reveal next phase of cunning plan soon

High performance access to file storage

With $AUD44,513 in the crowdfunded kitty, the campaigners who plan to buy ads in Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's local newspaper are now planning a wider assault on politicians' eyeballs.

As we reported yesterday, folks involved in the change.org petition urging Australia's newly-elected government to repent on its policy of building a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) national broadband network (NBN) instead of proceeding with the current fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) plan branched out into a crowdfunding campaign that initially aimed to buy an ad in The Wentworth Courier, the local newspaper most likely to be tossed over the fence chez Turnbull.

That campaign handily passed its $15,000 target, meaning it has more than enough cash to buy an ad in the Courier. Alex Stewart, one of the campaigners behind the effort, told The Reg plans are therefore being hatched to spend the extra cash on ads that will run in electorates where other cabinet ministers reside, the better to demonstrate grass roots support for the position that FTTN is inferior to FTTP and will likely require overbuild.

“We don't see ourselves as activists,” Stewart said. “We see ourselves as a representation of the Australian community who want future-proof internet.”

Stewart also said the team running both the petition and the crowdfunding effort will soon detail other lobbying efforts, with signatories to the petition to receive emails outlining those plans.

That The Wentworth Courier is owned by News Corporation, an irony Stewart appreciates given Rupert Murdoch's local organs have been fierce critics of the NBN's aims and implementation. The Reg has asked News if it will accept the campaigners' and will report on any response we receive. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom
Six studios sling sueballs at dead download destination
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data
Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.