Tech Talk Radio-TTR Ep 1408 - Bring out your dea
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Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our third year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio & Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH.Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!-The Howard governments plan for a $1-billion rural broadband network is dead, as the Federal Government scrapped the OPEL WiMax network on April the 2nd on the grounds that the contractors failed to meet the required conditions. Surprise ? Surprise!

Many in the know are saying ?this wasn?t completely unexpected?. Tech Talk Radio?s own mobile data expert, Mark Diggins question the technology and method of the roll out last year when the contract was awarded. Others in the field said the previous government idea was more like a hop-scotch sort of solution - something for here, something for there. So having a national approach and then lingering on something on the side like OPEL was not really something that fitted the new Governments sort of plan of action.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, says his department has established that OPEL WiMax would cover only 72 per cent of identified under-served premises, as theyre called, and so failed to meet the terms of the contract. OPELs contract required it to provide coverage to 90 per cent of such homes.

Both SingTel and Futuris insist they had met all conditions in the contract, adding that its termination sends the wrong signals to the industry. So does this open the door again for Telstra ? or was it never shut in the first place? and why did Telstra turn on ADSL2 in all exchanges recently ? a policy shift for no apparent reason?

We?ll take an in depth look at this decision and it?s ramifications from a political, consumer, and technical point of view.

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