The new NBN policy’s Achilles heel

Main Article Content

Peter Gerrand

Keywords

NBN policy, NBN, Fibre

Abstract

While most critiques of the Coalition Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) policy have focussed on the wisdom of its Fibre to the Node technology choice, a more fundamental weakness in its NBN election policy promises to make it a financial debacle if not corrected. This paper spells out the many negative consequences of the Government’s policy to remove the NBN Co’s current monopoly in providing fixed broadband access infrastructure: to the federal budget, to the competition framework in telecommunications, to a forced premature sale of NBN Co, and to the affordable rollout of high-speed broadband access across the nation. The Minister of Communications is urged to correct this policy element rapidly, in the national interest.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Metrics

Metrics Loading ...
Abstract 3 | PDF Downloads 0

References

ABC News, ‘Tasmanian NBN contractors seek compo over fibre optic rollout changes’, ABC News online, 27 February 2014, at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-26/tasmanian-nbn-contractors-seek-compo-over-fibre-optic-rollout-c/5285112
Australian Financial Review [David Ramli and James Hutchinson]. 2013. ‘TPG fibre plan challenges NBN’, 18 September 2013, at http://www.afr.com/p/australia2-0/tpg_fibre_plan_challenges_nbn_v10TzlbnSJEHWqPQ70CZ3K
Australian Financial Review [David Ramli]. 2014. ‘Turnbull queries TPG bid to skirt NBN’, 4 February 2014, at http://www.afr.com/p/business/companies/turnbull_queries_tpg_bid_to_skirt_FRzXpQsdo1IkyjjqSRV5EI
Budde, Paul. 2014. ‘No NBN cherry picking — another step in the right direction’, BuddeBlog 10 February 2014, at http://www.buddeblog.com.au/frompaulsdesk/no-nbn-cherry-picking-another-step-in-the-right-direction/
CommsWire [David Swan and Graeme Phillipson]. 2014. ‘Ziggy fires TPG warning shot’ CommsWire, No. 1295, 13 March 2014, at www.commswire.itwire.com
Dalzell, Brian. 2012. ‘The national broadband network and the federal government budget statements’, Australian Parliamentary Library Background Notes, 13 January 2102, at http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2011-2012/NBNBudgetStatements
Delimiter. 2013. ‘Coalition NBN policy launch: Full video’, 9 April 2013, at http://delimiter.com.au/2013/04/09/coalition-nbn-policy-launch-full-video/
Eckermann, Robin, 2013. ‘Getting some reality into debates about NBN FTTP’. Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Vol 1, No 1, Article 13.
Gerrand, Peter. 2013. ‘The Coalition’s NBN policy is a triumph of short-termism over long-term vision’, The Conversation, 10 April 2013, at http://theconversation.com/the-coalitions-nbn-policy-is-a-triumph-of-short-termism-over-long-term-vision-13333
Gregory, Mark. 2013. ‘A flexible upgrade path for the Australian National Broadband Network’, Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Vol.1 No.1, Article 17, November 2013
Kohler, Alan. 2013. ‘The NBN Board has run away. Why?’, Business Spectator, 23 September 2013, at http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/23/information-technology/nbn-board-has-run-away-why
Kohler, Alan, 2014. ‘Sorry Malcolm, the NBN must be a monopoly’, Technology Spectator, 3 March 2014, at http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/3/3/technology/sorry-malcolm-nbn-must-be-monopoly
Liberal Party. 2013. ‘Fast, affordable, sooner. The Coalition’s plan for a better NBN’, 9 April 2013, at https://www.liberal.org.au/fast-affordable-sooner-coalitions-plan-better-nbn
Stock and Land [Lia Timson], 2014. ‘Malcolm Turnbull starts fifth NBN audit’, Stock and Land, 7 March 2014, at http://www.stockandland.com.au/news/metro/national/general/malcolm-turnbull-starts-fifth-nbn-audit/2690792.aspx
Turnbull [The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications]. 2013. ‘Panel of Experts to conduct cost-benefit analysis of broadband & review NBN regulation’, 12 December 2013, at http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/malcolm_turnbull/news/panel_of_experts_to_conduct_cost-benefit_analysis_of_broadband_and_review_nbn_regulation#.UyVAI9yyKMW
The Examiner [Ben McKay]. 2013. ‘Turnbull confirms NBN will honour contracts’, The Examiner, 17 August 2013, at http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1711548/turnbull-confirms-nbn-will-honour-contracts/
Watkins, Craig; Lillingstone-Hall, Kelvin. 2014. ‘The FTTdp Technology Option for the Australian National Broadband Network’, Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Vol.2 No.1, March 2014

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>