Lousy networks more effective than filters!


No Filter, No Censorship, No Clean Feed, No Great Firewall of Australia

This is probably an Optus phone company problem and not an issue with the iTelephone, but on the off chance that I actually got a 3G signal here in Mawson Lakes over these last few days the data connection is so unreliable nothing finishes loading before I'm given an error. Case in point, my Twitter clients routinely return a secure connection failed error, and it took me over 45 minutes to download the latest Into Your Head episode over 2G. The irony was 45 minutes was still faster than 3G because the latter just kept timing out.

I'd call Optus using my iTelephone to complain, but the phone connection is so spotty I keep having dropped calls. I would hate to wait on hold with Optus for 6 hours only to have the call drop when a customer disservice representative finally answers.

So here's my idea, why not spend the money Stephen Conroy wants earmarked for the Great Australian Firewall to fix Australia's lousy phone networks? Because the other irony is crappy networks are doing a much better job than his proposed filter at blocking content and communications!

I sense a conspiracy brewing.

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