Australian ISPs

melbourne$ traceroute hendry.iki.fi
traceroute to hendry.iki.fi (83.146.8.59), 30 hops max, 38 byte packets
 1  192.168.0.254 (192.168.0.254)  0.224 ms  0.627 ms  0.116 ms
 2  61.9.128.251 (61.9.128.251)  5.587 ms  6.261 ms  6.620 ms
 3  adelaide-atm.vic.bigpond.net.au (61.9.128.145)  7.324 ms  6.013 ms  8.093 ms
 4  61.9.129.6 (61.9.129.6)  8.807 ms  6.990 ms  6.984 ms
 5  GigabitEthernet2-10.exi2.Melbourne.telstra.net (139.130.0.5)  6.634 ms  6.954 ms  7.931 ms
 6  GigabitEthernet2-9.exi1.Melbourne.telstra.net (203.50.77.33)  6.927 ms  5.917 ms  6.034 ms
 7  GigabitEthernet2-2.exi-core1.Melbourne.telstra.net (203.50.77.13)  7.052 ms  6.713 ms  7.220 ms
 8  Pos15-0.chw-core2.Sydney.telstra.net (203.50.6.37)  15.231 ms  19.333 ms  13.641 ms
 9  10GigabitEthernet1-0.oxf-core1.Sydney.telstra.net (203.50.6.2)  13.667 ms  13.682 ms  14.330 ms
10  10GigabitEthernet6-0.syd-core04.Sydney.net.reach.com (203.50.13.34)  15.515 ms  14.034 ms  15.137 ms
11  i-5-0.syd-core02.net.reach.com (202.84.144.249)  15.021 ms  15.130 ms  15.116 ms
12  i-0-0.wil-core02.net.reach.com (202.84.144.101)  87.804 ms  88.678 ms  88.051 ms
13  i-2-0.dal-core01.net.reach.com (202.84.143.66)  105.450 ms  104.138 ms  113.829 ms
14  level3.Dal-core01.net.reach.com (134.159.63.142)  104.931 ms  103.841 ms  104.742 ms
15  ae-1-54.bbr2.Dallas1.Level3.net (4.68.122.97)  105.148 ms  106.163 ms  104.682 ms
16  4.68.128.210 (4.68.128.210)  147.005 ms  127.075 ms  120.121 ms
17  as-0-0.bbr1.London2.Level3.net (4.68.128.101)  154.690 ms  160.077 ms  156.726 ms
18  as-0-0.bbr1.London1.Level3.net (4.68.128.109)  157.392 ms  156.953 ms  157.385 ms
19  ge-3-0-0-0.gar1.London1.Level3.net (4.68.128.122)  155.321 ms  155.926 ms  159.832 ms
20  195.50.117.106 (195.50.117.106)  154.008 ms  158.532 ms  155.584 ms
21  83.146.19.17 (83.146.19.17)  160.787 ms  159.563 ms  157.557 ms
22  ge-3-0.31.cll-bas-004.bddsl.net (83.146.17.67)  155.681 ms  158.597 ms  160.596 ms
23  host-83-146-8-59.bulldogdsl.com (83.146.8.59)  158.576 ms  159.810 ms  159.139 ms

So all the Internet has to go through America before it hits Europe. Helsinki feels so far away now. Australian ISPs seem big on bandwidth caps too. Nasty. I miss my 1mbit line in Finland!

I am having major problems getting Internet. Libraries require you to be registered before going off to a website, for fear of hacking. Well, I am not an Australian citizen, nor a permanent resident.

I hate Net cafe’s. They usually charge the earth and have some spyware installed. Typical rate, anything above 3AUD an hour.

Oh well, it is not as expensive as getting Wireless access from my laptop. It’s just 13.20AUD an hour. Cheap! NOT.

As for getting broadband at home, you need to sign up for 12month contract. Hmm, I am not going to be here 12 months. Nor do I have a credit card. Oh gosh, see what I am getting at?

It is difficult to be free.

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