And their strange habits of playing games online with communities of like-minded and diverse people. The revelation came, one assumes, one evening when NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow was attempting to stream Designated Survivor in 4K on Netflix at 7:30pm on a Monday. Turns out his son was also playing a round of DOTA 2. And so, the connection was made. Blame portioned, and the cries of a shoddy, dated, infrastructure ignored.
As per a new ABC report
, Señor Morrow told a committee that, "While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process." Where, armed with no evidence, immediately switched to threats, "This is where you can do things, to where you can traffic shape — where you say, 'no, no, no, we can only offer you service when you're not impacting somebody else'." Adding, "And send them to bed without desert too", whilst glancing in the direction of his family who were in attendance.
The woes of Australian internet speeds, available bandwidth, and the botched NBN is no big secret, nor is the fact that the rise of video streaming services like Netflix in the last few years has seen a significant impact on data usage across the board. And sure, downloading a 60GB game during off-peak hours is a lot of data - but games, movies, music, are the ways in which people expect to use the internet right now.
Walking back blaming gamers, El Morrow instead changed it to "super users", stating, "I said there were super users out there consuming terabytes of data and the question is should we actually groom those down? It's a consideration." Later on Immigration Supreme Leader Peter Dutton added, "These Super Users are everywhere, they might even be in your home. We must all prepare for the idea that one day the Super Users will attempt to seize control. We must not let that happen. They arrive on boats right?"
Again with the threats. It seems NBN Co's idea of an ideal National Broadband Network is a country enamored with the idea of being able to send and receive electronic mail. Imagine! A letter, sent to a loved one. In an instant. As long as you don't attach any photos. Like the Tom Hanks hit You've Got Mail from 1998. Which thanks to the digital age, NBN Co suggests you watch it on DVD.