With the current uncertainty surrounding who is going to govern Australia for the next three years, the future of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is still up in the air. For the time being, NBN Co has frozen all spending and hiring of employees.
Federal Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull recently said that Australians did not want Internet speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps), nor did they need it. We beg to differ. Here are some of the best ways that we would utilise a high speed broadband connection.
With a 100Mbps broadband connection, you wouldn't have to queue downloads or wait a long time to download your favourite TV show or movie. Imagine downloading a music album in five seconds or less, a TV show in 30 seconds, or a Full HD movie in seven and a half minutes. With 100Mbps broadband, this is in the realms of possibility.
One of the first things we would use 100Mbps speeds for is IPTV. You could sign up to an IPTV service like iiNet's FetchTV, Telstra's T-Box, ABC iView or Tivo. IPTV with a 100Mbps connection can offer HD quality streams to keep you entertained.
Forget the days of calling your friend or colleague via your mobile phone. HD video conferencing is the way of the future. Now you can video conference from home for work purposes, or talk with friends and hassle strangers on ChatRoulette all in the glorious high-definition. Corporate road warriors will also benefit from the faster speeds when working from home, or other locations away from the office.
A change of habits
Super-fast broadband would change most users' Internet habits. For example, you could easily play an online game while someone else watches IPTV in the lounge room on the same connection without any lag, slowdown or disconnections.
What would you use a 100Mbps Internet connection for? Let us know in the comments below!