These are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have soared

first_imgNational Broadband Network rollout.THESE are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have grown at a faster pace than the Brisbane average.Internet speed and access to the latest technology were fast becoming a must have for home buyers according to Tech Expert, Angus Kidman.And he said with fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections providing the fastest internet speeds, properties in those suburbs could soon be in demand.Particularly as FTTP was no longer part of the rollout plan and it would be fibre to the node.Mr Kidman said while there were many reasons property prices increased, NBN connection could be an important factor for buyers.Research by identified the top five suburbs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with the highest number of connections and the quickest NBN speeds.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It also analysed the property price growth of these suburbs, comparing before NBN prices with after NBN prices. Brisbane suburbs NBN ready and how their prices have grown. Source: best performing suburb within Brisbane was at Aspley on the Northside where median prices increased 25.53 per cent in the past five years.During the same period the average median price increase across Brisbane was 19.5 per cent.The other top performing Brisbane suburbs, where Kallangur, Calamvale, Parkinson and Boondall.The best performing suburb in Sydney was Blacktown where in the past five years the median house price had increased by 81.9 per cent, compared to the Sydney average during the same period of 66.7 per cent.In Melbourne the best performing NBN ready suburb with fibre to the premises was Carlton where median rose by 45.6 per cent compared to the Melbourne average of 37.4 per cent during the same period.Mr Kidman said while generally that appeared to be good news for those suburbs, not every street was FTTP connected so buyers needed to do their homework before buying.last_img read more

NFL pass interference unfair, should adopt NCAA rules

first_imgThere’s nothing quite like an opponent penalty in college football. The student section breaks into chants and jeers, mocks the other team and celebrates the call. The players react emphatically, waving their arms in exasperation or pointing downfield in support.But there is one penalty that is more nuanced than the perceived zero-sum gains from the average foul — pass interference.The NCAA rule for pass interference is “Team A’s ball at the spot of the foul, first down, if the foul occurs fewer than 15 yards beyond the previous spot. If the foul occurs 15 or more yards beyond the previous spot, Team A’s ball, first down, 15 yards from the previous spot [S33].”What this means is that if an opposing receiver outpaces Wisconsin cornerback Derrick Tindal on a long pass (over 15 yards), Tindal may decide to interfere with the receiver to prevent a completed pass. Normally, Coach Paul Chryst would be upset with his defense giving up a penalty, but would he really be angry that Tindal traded a possible long pass or touchdown for a 15-yard gain?Fergusons and Benzschawels find unique experience in playing with their siblings on the fieldA lot of the atmosphere in football centers around the mentality that there is a brotherhood to the sport, and Read…College defensive pass interference is certainly a break for the offense, but it is also a possible tool for the defense.This is not the case in the NFL, where games often hinge on one pass interference penalty.When Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs makes contact with Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins waiting for an incoming deep pass from Vikings cornerback Case Keenum, the refs may call defensive pass interference, swinging the entire game. This penalty does not take the same measured approach they use in college.According to the NFL rulebook, “The penalty for defensive pass interference is an automatic first down at the spot of the foul.”Future appears bright for Wisconsin’s NFL prospectsThe University of Wisconsin has a history of sending players off to successful careers in the NFL. Let’s take a Read…Hawkins contact with Diggs could easily result in a 40-yard penalty that sets up an easy score for the Vikings. It is time for the NFL to adopt the same rule as the NCAA in regard to pass interference. Pass interference in the NCAA is fair — while pass interference in the NFL is a brutal penalty that leaves fan’s jaws agape as their opponent freely marches up the field.Unfortunately, NFL quarterbacks exploit this rule when they see mismatches on coverage. Yes, this is a smart thing to do if the rule is in place, but it is time to play the game the way it is supposed to be played and not through cheap penalties.The NFL needs to reform this rule, so games cannot be won through lengthy penalties. College football games win through the skill of teams, not feasting off of 40-yard penalties.Thank you, college football, for playing football instead of strategically exploiting immense penalties.last_img read more