Category Archives: NBN

PAUL BUDDE. The more fibre the better.

You can’t turn the clock back and in the case of the NBN that means you can’t undo those parts of the Multi-Technology-Mix (MtM) without immediately destructing billion of dollars. While it is a pity that the original plan – … Continue reading

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WARWICK ELSCHE. Shorten should play to Labor’s strength.

  For more than 60 years, since opinion polling became important in shaping election strategies, there has been for the Australian Labor Party one awkward but stubborn consistency. Rightly or wrongly the Australian Electorate, with very isolated and brief exceptions, … Continue reading

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ROD TUCKER. How do Labor and the Coalition differ on NBN policy?

As hinted in earlier announcements by Shadow Communications Minister, Jason Clare, Labor’s much-anticipated policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network … Continue reading

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PAUL BUDDE. Can we please cut out the political NBN noise?

  With all the kafuffle around the NBN it is very difficult for most people to see the big picture in all of this. The issue has been so incredibly politicised that it is almost impossible to cut through all … Continue reading

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MUNGO McCALLUM. Malcolm Turnbull and NBN leaks.

Malcolm Turnbull is all very holy about the independence of the Federal Police following last week’s raid on ALP offices and homes over embarrassing (to him) NBN leaks. Why, the government had absolutely nothing to do with the cops, the … Continue reading

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MARK GREGORY: Leaks from NBN were in the public interest. The response was designed to hide the NBN mess.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) was meant to be a nation building project that positioned Australia as a leader in the global digital economy, but it has become a political football and as every day passes, Australia’s future prospects in … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Are conservatives better economic managers?

Are conservatives better economic managers? Part 1 In my blog of 3 May 2016, I queried the claim by Malcolm Turnbull and apparently supported by many media commentators and also by the public, that conservatives are better economic managers. The … Continue reading

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Rob Nicholls. NBN – election issue or fizzer?

Cable competition NBN Co has let a contract worth $1.6 billion for Telstra to construct the hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network in the mainland state capital cities. The deal has the ACCC on edge with Rod Sims expressing concern that … Continue reading

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Mark Gregory. What the government doesn’t want you to know about the NBN

The Coalition’s National Broadband Network (NBN) plan is in trouble and the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should heed the mounting calls for Coalition NBN plan to be dropped before the nation’s digital future is harmed irreparably. In June it will … Continue reading

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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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