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(10min 57) What does all this talk about the National Broadband Network mean? Why is it being built without Telstra? Why is the government looking at the structural separation of Telstra? What is Fibre to the Node and Fibre of the Home? And what the hell are DSLAMs?

If you find it all a bit confusing you're not alone. In today's BTalk Australia Phil Dobbie tries to simplify how broadband is delivered and what' s happening to improve the speeds to your home.

You'll hear input from:
David Quilty - Telstra's Group MD for Public Policy and Communications
Senator Nick Minchin - Shadow Communications Minister
Barnaby Joyce - Queensland National's Senator
Steve Dalby - iiNet's Regulatory Director
Simon Hackett - MD of ISP Internode
Ravi Bhatia - CEO of Primus
Sol Trujillo - CEO of Telstra

Want to add your thoughts? Use the Talkback section at the end of this post.

Want to hear more on the subject? Listen to these episodes of Twisted Wire on our sister site ZDNet:
Kev The Broadband Builder - industry reaction to the government's announcement that it was building it's own fibre solution
And the Winner is - Optus's Maha Krishnapillai talks about the Fibre to the Node approach and explains why he sees the separation of Telstra as so important.
Telstra: We hear separation rumours - David Quilty says Telstra has heard rumours about structural separation but no one from the government has spoken to them about the prospect.
Broadband hearing unplugged (day 1) - A Senate hearing on the national broadband network, with some commentary and all the boring bits edited out.
Broadband hearing unplugged (day 2) - second day of the Senate hearing. Hear how the government department representatives manage to say nothing at all!
The Longest Last Mile - the complex argument about how much should be charged for use of Telstra's copper wire from the exchange to the home.

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