Rolling out a cable NBN over 8 years into a mobile computing world? Madness. How will NBN sell its services to the mobile generation, like this:?
The National Broadband Network (Official Government NBN Website) intends to connect, over the next decade, a government fibreoptic network carrying very fast internet to almost every home around Australia … for free. It promises the best future-proof communication network in the world, improving productivity, health care from home and entertainment revolution. Internet and communication services will be sold by third parties.
Who could resist?
But this is by far the most wasteful and ill conceived deceptive of all the failed Labor government white elephant projects. The list of incompetence and deceit is staggering:
- It will cost a staggering $43 billion or $2000 per every person. It compared to $330 per person for New Zealand and $60 for the USA. It is 36 times more expensive than the US scheme for wireless.
- It has a business plan with hardly any financials and unbelievably for such enormous expenditure, no cost benefit analysis – it is a politically not economically planned project
- It rolls out fixed internet line, in an almost completely mobile internet age.
- It dishonestly claims benefits to productivity and medical home care without a scrap of supporting evidence – businesses already have adequate internet and seeing the doctor via internet is a decades old dystopic bureaucratic dream – undesired by patients and usefullonly in remote locations.
- Everybody knows the NBN’s 100Mbs speed will be used mainly for downloading porn, movies and playing games.
- It commits to this one technology for 50 years, blindly denying the inevitable technological advances in alternative technologies, especially wireless.
- It takes Australian telecommunication back 20 years to a government monopoly, stifling competition and reducing choice by customers.
- It will make telephony less reliable – no internet means no phone. No power means no phone in emergencies, so every household will require trickle charged standby batteries.
- Prices of internet on network will certainly be higher – they are already.
- Labor is an organisation that has bungled and wasted billions on every, repeat, every project they have undertaken. They are the most incompetent government in history. Would you hire them to undertake the biggest project in a generation? You’d be barking mad.
THE Rudd government has backflipped on one of its key promises about the operation of the new national broadband network in an attempt to bolster the economic credentials of the massive $43 billion project and to enforce Telstra’s co-operation.
The draft legislation released yesterday reveals Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will have the discretion to allow NBN Co to effectively become a government-owned retailer of telecommunications services — particularly for government departments and agencies — in direct competition to Telstra.
In the past, the government has repeatedly said the new network — which will be owned and run by the government-controlled NBN Co — would be a wholesale-only service, providing open and equal access to all retail telecommunications companies.
The explanatory notes now say the minister could allow NBN Co to “offer services directly to certain end users, for example government agencies”.
Late last Friday, Senator Stephen Conroy made the following media statement: “NBN Co will operate on a wholesale-only, open and equivalent access basis, delivering long-term benefits for competition and consumers.”
Unfortunately, the current wholesale access pricing model will prohibit direct participation on the NBN by providers with less than 250,000 customers.
Whether intentional or not, this has to be fixed if we are to expect the NBN, whose problems obviously run deeper than new controversies surrounding exorbitant construction costs, to achieve the policy aims stated by the government.