The National Broadband Network went live at the first site in mainland Australia last week, promising transfer rates of 100Mbps. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Broadband Network tells me it’s just signed up its 10,000th broadband subscriber for 1Gbps symmetric broadband, priced at the equivalent of US$26 a month. City Telecom says that it wants to commoditize bandwidth and make gigabit connections the norm for the mass market in Hong Kong. For many years informitv has been arguing that that upstream rates are as important as downstream and that we should be aiming for gigabit connections. After all, many computers already have gigabit Ethernet ports as standard. In practice a local Wi-Fi connection is likely to be the weak link. Of course, access rates are irrelevant if backbone interconnections and host services are constrained, but this should give us all something to aim for.