6roucho wrote:Taffia, the more I think about it the more I'm convinced it won't happen. It's alright to pretend to build 60,000 new nodes to service the Telstra network when you're in opposition, but it'd be rank stupidity to actually do it in office.
And it's easy for Coalition voters to pretend to support it during an election campaign, but there'd be a political firestorm if they really thought it was going to provide their Internet for the foreseeable future. It's like the emperor's new clothes: they're not allowed to dsay so, for the moment. This is especially true in the regions.
Everyone except Rupert Murdoch (who worries about it being for television) and Tony Abbott (who thinks it's for entertainment) wants feasible fast broadband for the nation, and the fiber network is the only way to do it.
What'll happen is that the Coalition will re-brand it and claim it as their own idea, compared to that wasteful shibboleth that was called the NBN during the Labor years.
I was originally of the same thinking Groucho, unfortunately I am seriously starting to believe that Rupert and a few other luddites are sponsoring its demise due to protecting their current interests.
I honestly couldnt give 2 fucks about the majority of either sides policies because a lot of them are almost identical in their conception and aims. The NBN, however, for me is the big one. Look around this country and you see mismanaged and failed infrastructure projects everywhere, costing billions every year in either maintenance or improvements.
The time has come for someone to step up and actually implement something correctly for a change that will serve for the next generation and more than likely many generations after it .
I either read or heard somewhere recently that a huge opportunity exists right now, due to extremely low government borrowing interest rates that are available, to start building some huge infrastructure projects that will have decent ROI's . ie the M2 to F3 tunnel, cost at around $5 bn, tolls would have it paid off in no time plus it remains government owned and not privately invested in.