He’s much better when out of the environment debate.
MALCOLM Turnbull has declared Labor and NBN Co have not made the case for a fibre network, and that it’s not too late to scale back the project.
The Coalition communications spokesman said the government should foster competition rather than forcing Telstra and Optus to shut down their current broadband networks and move to the $43 billion National Broadband Network.
Upgrades to the current hybrid fibre-coaxial network which already deliver speeds of up to 100 megabits, and a much cheaper $2 billion upgrade to phone exchanges across the country would deliver ADSL 2 speed to the 1.2 million Australian homes currently missing out on 24 megabit speeds.
And Mr Turnbull argued that “if vertical integration is the problem, the NBN is not the answer unless you believe in taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut”.
By the way, $43 billion? Make that $44 billion since they’ve tweaked it a bit to take the cable right to your front door rather than your front lawn. Onwards and upwards, Julia!
It’s good Turnbull is saying all this. We all know it. The most successful telco operator in the world knows it. You’d actually think that Julia would know it by now. Thus, is she pushing this through just to save on some political embarrassment, just like she did with the BER?
Tin foil hat time:
Will the federal government actually control this network once it’s completed? If so, how will they exercise that control?