Category Archives: NBN

Paul Budde. NBN company needs support to pursue FTTdp

In his blog of 5 April, Paul Budde suggests that the NBN company needs support to help it overcome the stumbling block of Malcolm Turnbull who seems unwilling to reconsider the mistake he made on the NBN as Communications Minister … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. NBN stars collide – waiting for the Big Bang

Two stars collided in Canberra last week, but the big bang is yet to be heard. On Thursday, a leak from somewhere inside NBN revealed that our nation building broadband company has been secretly trialling new, thinner, cabling that will … Continue reading

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What has gone wrong with Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN?

In a column in The Drum on the ABC, Paddy Manning comments that ‘Malcolm Turnbull’s version of the NBN is proving to be much more expensive to deliver than was originally hoped. Remember that the only merit of Turnbull’s “multi-technology … Continue reading

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Building Australia’s white elephant – cheap buy for white knight Telstra

Tony Abbott gave Malcolm Turnbull instructions to undermine the NBN. As Minister for Communications it is apparent that that is what Turnbull did. As Prime Minister he could have reversed the damage to NBN. But he chose not to. In … Continue reading

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Mark Gregory. Stone-walling on a second rate NBN network.

In responding to questions at the Senate Estimates hearing held on 9 February 2016, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow admitted he did not know the number of nodes being built during the Fibre to the Node (FTTN) rollout and he … Continue reading

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Paul Budde. Building Australia’s white elephant – cheap buy for white knight Telstra.

The following piece by Paul Budde foreshadows a ‘white knight’ role for Telstra when NBN fails.  He says: We are now getting a second-rate network and the first signs from customers, as we heard in a recent Senate Hearing, are … Continue reading

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John Menadue. ‘Balance’ and the ABC

The ABC has a mistaken notion of media balance. It has become clear that Nick Ross, a Senior Technology Editor at the ABC, could not publish a story critical of Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN unless he also published an article critical … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Media censorship and the NBN

The ABC’s outgoing editor of its Technology and Games subsite, Nick Ross, has claimed that he has been ‘gagged’ by ABC management from publishing further articles about the NBN. He has now left the ABC. For link to an article … Continue reading

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Mark Gregory. Turnbull’s NBN Mess

It has been an inauspicious beginning to 2016 for NBN Co and the year only promises to go from bad to worse as the rest of the world moves ahead with NG-PON2 Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) rollouts and Australians … Continue reading

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Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN.

The evidence continues to build that Malcolm Turnbull’s version of the NBN is failing on almost all grounds. Analysis by Monash University researcher, Richard Ferrers, shows that the fibre to the premises option would actually deliver better value than the … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Repost: NBN; the rot set in with John Howard.

The current NBN mess started with the decision of the Howard Government to privatise the whole of Telstra and not just its retail arm. If the wholesale arm of Telstra had remained in public hands we would have been well … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Malcolm Turnbull: NBN killer?

The ABC Online News headline on the 14th of September 2010 was pretty blunt: “Abbott orders Turnbull to demolish NBN”. In the article itself then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is quoted as saying: “The Government is going to invest $43 … Continue reading

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The end of the NBN – missed opportunity for the innovation agenda?

In BuddeBlog, Paul Budde again outlines the major problems that the NBN faces. In this article he draws attention to reports that the government may be considering selling the NBN. He points out that it was remarkable that the NBN … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The ‘claytons’ NBN

In his statement on innovation, Malcolm Turnbull said ‘the internet and the technology it enables means we are now part of the truly global market place. It means there are few barriers to entry for Australian businesses, no matter where … Continue reading

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NBN and the high cost of copper.

Lauraine McDonald in ‘itwire’ has just reported that ‘An NBN cost scandal has erupted with a new document revealing that copper for the Turnbull government’s hybrid MTM broadband network is going to cost ten times as much as the original … Continue reading

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Rod Tucker. What will the NBN really cost?

Cost is a central issue in the ongoing debate about the best approach to building Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). In 2013, the Coalition argued that Labor’s original all-fibre to the premises (FTTP) network could cost as much as A$94 … Continue reading

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Rob Nicholls. Ziggy’s stardust: The NBN, net neutrality and competitive neutrality

The sound of an incumbent lobbying has the grating element of petulant mewling. When the incumbent is a state owned enterprise that is evoking arguments about net neutrality, then it’s time to ask the “cui bono?” or “to whose profit?” … Continue reading

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Quigley, former CEO of NBN, attributes $15 b. cost blow out to Turnbull’s Multi Technology Mix.

For comment by Renai LeMay, see link to his blog delimiter.com.au below: https://delimiter.com.au/2015/11/05/quigley-releases-detailed-evidence-showing-mtm-nbn-cost-blowout/ John Menadue.

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John Menadue. Malcolm Turnbull and the NBN mess

As Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull had two major responsibilities. They were the public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, and the NBN. As I pointed out in an earlier post, the ABC needs rebuilding after the harsh budget cuts and termination … Continue reading

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Mark Gregory. The new PM and the NBN. ‘An expensive lemon’

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is now delayed by between five and ten years and will cost significantly more over a 20 year lifetime due to the government’s decision to shift from a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) fixed access … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Is Malcolm Turnbull sacrificing his principles?

The polls show most Australian voters have welcomed Malcolm Turnbull’s election as Prime Minister. I did. It is very early days, but I am concerned by signs that he is bowing very much to the right wing of his own … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Turnbull and Abbott

Bill Shorten aside, most Australians will welcome our new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. He offers a more rational, humane and consultative style of leadership. His main problem will be how to reconcile his own progressive views on such issues as … Continue reading

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Rod Tucker. The NBN: why it’s slow, expensive and obsolete.

The Abbott Coalition government came to power two years ago this week with a promise to change Labor’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) National Broadband Network (NBN) to one using less-expensive fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technologies, spruiking its network with the three-word … Continue reading

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Paul Budde. The NBN – from bad to worse.

I am sure that I am just as frustrated as most Australians – especially as month after month, year after year, it becomes clearer that what I, along with others, have been saying since 2011 – that a cheaper and … Continue reading

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 John Menadue.  Improving health outside the health portfolio

Ministers for Health in Australia are seen very largely as ministers in charge of health services rather than health. The fact is that some major issues causing poor health or which could be the means to improve health are outside … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Privatisation – a worn-out ideology.

Voters are making it plain that they are not keen on privatisation. Economic research also tells us that the evidence in favour of privatisation is not conclusive. Conservatives claim that privately owned businesses are better managed than public ones, but … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Fairness, Opportunity and Security – Filling the policy vacuum

I sense that there is great public concern that both the government and opposition keep playing the political and personal game at the expense of informed public discussion of important policy issues. We have become concerned about the trustworthiness of … Continue reading

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Rod Tucker. Broadband projects fail reality test.

In an article in The Conversation on 8 September 2014, Rod Tucker points out that the broadband projections will fail a reality test.  He said ‘If they [the Vertigan report] had used realistic data for growth in demand, their cost … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. A Year Of Tony Abbott.

 The Abbott Government was elected one year and one day ago. Ian McAuley celebrates the countless successes that have slipped under the radar.  A year into the Abbott Government’s term we can reflect on its impressive economic achievements. The highlight … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott’s negotiating skills.

With the unpredictable and confusing state of the new Senate, Tony Abbott will have his negotiating skills tested. So far negotiating skills have not been part of his political success. Thanks to the Palmer United Party and five other  cross-benchers … Continue reading

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