Broadband Locator

Broadband Locator

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Created by
Chad Leverington datasets used
Australian Broadband Guarantee program data
Other datasets used

Visitors can enter the address they are looking to get broadband, and the website will calculate what broadband is in their area using data from various goverment sites (ACMA, ACCC and the new as well as data from internet service providers.

19 Responses to “Broadband Locator”

  1. James Martin says:

    Nice suggestion but its too similar a concept to the whirlpool website:

    or the adsl2 exchange website.

    • Michael Harris says:

      Agreed, way too similar to existing services which are already available and have been for a long time. Nothing new here.

      • Chad says:

        Have you guys actually used the website?

        It is COMPLETELY different (and for what it is worth, i created adsl2exchanges). whirlpool/broadband choice simply lists all ISPs, which is nice, but not great if your line doesn’t support them.

        adsl2exchanges is similar (but has out dated information) but this includes all forms of broadband. It locates the nearest 3G towers for your address to give you an indication on #G performance, calculates what exchange you are on who is in the exchange (actually updates the information), if FTTH is in your area, etc.

        So much more than both of those.

        • Michael Harris says:

          Read my response below, and you’ll get a good idea as to why your site offers nothing more, and is actually worse than, BC.whirlpool and adsl2exchanges.

  2. Robert says:

    Does this use any of the gov data?

    • Chad says:

      It uses more government data than any other entry. Of the datasets it uses the Australian Broadband Guarentee dataset, but it also uses data from the ACCC and ACMA.

  3. Mike Seyfang says:

    I like it – and I had no idea about the other ‘similar’ services till I saw this! I loved the little table that showed the distance to cell towers near me. Would be even better if they showed up on the map.

  4. It may have as much information as and but it is in no way user friendly.

    • Chad says:

      Can you suggest how to make it user friendly? Arther moment the user enters their address and o tell them what is available. I can’t see how I can’t simplify that even more

      • Michael Harris says:

        How to make it user friendly – go back and look at established sites in this space and see how they do it better.

        Firstly, just getting details into the site is a pain. The user has to conform to your format – rather than a format they would generally use – for entering information. Your method isn’t a natural address format (plain text address, suburb, postcode, state, etc). This slows down the data entry process.

        Accessibility: Grrrr, this page is an abject failure here ( Tables have not been semantically labelled to enable someone with assistive tools to browse the page. Menu structures are not logical and user-orientated. The inclusion of the google maps and street view is for eye candy purposes only and provides the user with no useful information or assistance to browse the information set. Headers on the page are badly structured and don’t enable ease of browsing for assistive technology users. And for sighted users – placing colour coding for each plan on the right hand side where they’re unlikely to understand what it means or relevance to the data presented (basic eye tracking studies and learning apply here).

        Error/progress messages are less than informative (eg: geocode page) – again showing the site was devised by a programmer who didn’t account for usability and service design principals. Tell me what the page is doing for me in plain english rather than acronyms and language which the user won’t be familiar with.

        The list of services/plans available is just a massive data dump, and doesn’t help me find someone who can service my specific needs easily. Help the user filter the list to make it more manageable. And why do I have to go to another page for plan information – which doesn’t even highlight the plan information I clicked on, and therefore have to look through another list to find information.

        And tell me why the locations of towers is relevant to me as a user? A list of their distances serves me no useful purpose without actual context to the information. If it was say tied to the 3G network providers so I could determine the likelihood of maintaining a decent connection uptime and quality then it might be useful. Then again it does not seem to account for natural and built environment obstructions to the piece of communications structure and changes in geography – therefore the actual usefulness of the distance information is negligible to non-existent.

        I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m going to stop writing at this point because this site is actually making my blood boil because of just how bad it is and the multiple reasons why this entry is a total and abject failure and does nothing whatsoever to advance the cause of new, game changing uses of government data.

        All I see here is someone trying to gain a bit of extra traffic and notoriety for their site for the single purpose of increasing advertising and affiliate revenue (seen the volume of ads and graphics for providers on the page).

        • Chad says:

          Thanks for the feedback, i will take them on board, here are my responses to some of the points you have made

          adsl2exchanges has the address as a single text field, which is very poor for a programmer once you want to call functions where you are required to break up the address, i fail to see how this is better than my breaking it up.

          I agree with the plans, I need to work on displaying them nicer ‘data dump’ as you refer to. A few people have said the same thing, but everytime i ask them for their suggestions on how to fix it, there is never a reply.

          I will take those points on board. I have never been great at appearance and the emphasis has always been on functionality. There is still no website out there that does 1/5th the work to truly determine what services are actually available for someone. Everyone just gives one big list, which is full of ISPs that can not service your location, and will lead to frustration when the user can’t get the plan they have picked.

          So how do you rate the medicare locator that would have been done in less than 2 minutes? is that “new and game changing”?

          • Michael Harris says:

            Two points:

            1) “Everyone just gives one big list, which is full of ISPs that can not service your location, and will lead to frustration when the user can’t get the plan they have picked.”

            Wrong. BC.whirlpool shows only those ISP’s with listed plans that service your area, based on complex information including exchange location, what types of DSLAMS are available at that exchange, and allows you to limit them based on critera including price point, required quota, the service type etc.

            2) What James Dellow’s Medicare entry shows is that Government information can easily be made machine readable and reused in multiple ways – the key point of mashup australia, being that data is no longer locked up behind an agency delivery interface and can be delivered in more useful and functional ways for the customer. My proof of concept (whic isn’t an entry in the contest) simply shows his entry works, and demonstrates how his entry could be used at a very basic level.

            • Chad says:

              Sorry Michael, but you are wrong. Yes whirlpool lists providers at a exchange (not isps, but just the providers) BUT that is only useful IF your line supports SSS/ULL. Quite a few lines are on Pair Gain, some on RIMs, some have excessive transmission loss. If you are any of those lines, then this list is completely useless. If you enter the phone number my website will actually tell you what your line supports (only one in australia that does that).

              Just because I am only using one dataset doesn’t mean i am not mashing up government data. Most of my data comes from the ACCC and ACMA which is the point of mashup. Using government data to help citizens.

  5. Alan Contrini says:


    According to the rules you must not include submissions that are:

    any commercial endorsement, promotion of any product, service or publication; privacy invasive;

    You have clearly done this on numerous locations:

    1. Google Ads under the Sponsored Links Area
    2. After you do a search there is banner at the top of the results
    3. You have even included a link to “Advertiser with Us”

    Not sure how this will rate with judges of this competition.


  6. Chad says:

    Hey Alan, thanks for the reply. You may well be quite right. I place the ads on the website to help pay for the discounts section. (I don’t make a profit from the website). So if the entry gets disqualified because of the ads then so be it. I think the discounts for users is worth them sesing a couple of ads.

  7. fourcultures says:

    Thank you – your site has just saved me $30 a month while giving me an extra 3GB of downloads. This information was not available on any other site including whirlpool, which seems to just list providers that might be available, not ones that actually are. Some interesting comments above about why your site is no good in theory. In practice it’s worth $360 a year to me.

  8. sunny says:

    i like it, except for the fact that after i have submitted the form, and the comparisons are explained, i can’t then go back and change like one thing in the form. when you go back, all the input is gone. really hate it when sites do this.