Australian Telco Has Lost The Plot

"The net neutrality debate has begun in Australia, with BigPond hinting that it will start prioritising internet traffic according to the type and source of the data. Read on to find out more...

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 28/11/2006
Author: PV5150
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's largest ISP and Telco - Telstra, has lost the plot! Telstra BigPond group managing director Justin Milne last week forecast a change in the structure of the internet in a speech to the Media and Broadcasting Congress in Sydney - in future, telcos would prioritise network traffic to guarantee service standards, which could leave internet-based telcos such as Skype "without a business model".

Why should telcos build billion-dollar networks for the benefit of internet rivals who piggyback the system - with no incremental benefit to the telco, he asked? "What net neutrality is all about is the day of reckoning, when networks will have to charge the purveyors of the content."

Argument is raging over this issue in the US, where Congress and the Senate are debating bills to allow or prevent such a change. Opponents claim that favouring some applications over others - for instance, video over the web - could hamper innovation, fragment the internet and give big corporate content providers an advantage over smaller netizens.

Some Australian ISPs already offer different levels of service depending on what applications a user runs. Last month Exetel started shaping traffic from peer-to-peer applications such as BitTorrent. In a letter to customers posted on its user forum, Exetel said it would restrict P2P traffic to about 50 per cent of its maximum speed, "to retain the current low prices and high download allowances for all users".

Read more on net neutrality here

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01-12-2006, 12:59:43


I hide all my cables behind my water cooler and graphics... :D


as soon as my AC Ryan floppy cables come in i should be able to finish off my wiring.

stage 1 of 2 complete :D

(ill post pics once everything is sweet)

04-12-2006, 04:22:05

Looking forward to some nice clean pics :D

04-12-2006, 04:27:58


Looking forward to some nice clean pics :D


not clean :P

u cannot have clean with a hiperX.......stoopid modular design

04-12-2006, 06:13:33

Uhhh, that's what modular PSU's are made for.... Clean cabling. That's their ONLY benefit, hehe.

04-12-2006, 09:16:14


Uhhh, that's what modular PSU's are made for.... Clean cabling. That's their ONLY benefit, hehe.

apart from when they have crappy short cables like the hiperX.

if u notice in the case, ive got to link the cables up to reach the top of the case :@

ok pics attached are the start of the re-cabling project.

I've got the black IDE cables (courtesy of specialtech), I've attached a 120mm fan to the top of the case (my first circle cut by the dremel)

now im just waiting for the black fdd cable and i've got to order some black sataII cables in as well.

on a seperate and more lighthearted note - heres a pic i found:


04-12-2006, 09:33:55

Tidier mate :)

18-01-2007, 18:58:47

Try behind the mobo tray maybe...?

18-01-2007, 19:46:56

um theres a whole that u can put ur mobo startup/hdlight, usb cables and such even sata cables through.

02-02-2007, 14:22:38

yeah your probably best off using a dremel to mod the mobo tray so you can stick the cables behind that. or just buy invisible cables

02-02-2007, 14:29:08

Cyber, we need an update on this. How's the cabling coming along?

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