Australians are so keen for information on the National Broadband Network (NBN) that they've helped pay an expensive Freedom of Information (FOI) request for ministerial briefings in just five hours.
Delimiter editor Renai LeMay on Wednesday used funding site Pozible to raise $2072 for the briefing "blue book'' that was provided to new Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month.
The site has since achieved above its target, with 122 supporters pledging a total of $2262 as of 10pm AEST on Wednesday night.
Mr LeMay has promised contributors he'll publish the 545-page document on his technology website when he receives it.
However, it's highly unlikely users will get the full briefing afforded to Mr Turnbull, with the Department of Communications estimating that 97.55 hours of decision-making time will go into judging what portions of the blue book will be released.
Mr LeMay also warned contributors in his funding request that the Department of Communications had given him a preliminary warning that a "significant proportion'' of the briefings won't be made available.
The internet push for the ministerial briefings comes less than one month after an online petition urging the Coalition to reconsider its plans to create a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network in place of Labor's existing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) approach garnered 263,000 online signatures.
Labor's FTTH network connects every home and business with optical fibre cables, which provides download speeds up to 1000 megabits a second (Mbps), upload speeds of 400Mbps and aimed to be completed by 2021.
The coalition campaigned for a FTTN policy, which will rely on existing copper lines, and provide most homes with download speeds of 50Mbps and upload speeds of 5Mbps by 2019.
news.com.au 2 Oct 2013