Broadband Internet Australia – McCrann: Liberals NBN Is Better

Posted on Fri 07/28/2017 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~

Terry McCrann says NBN critics (like me) miss the point: “Chief Bill Morrow [got] the NBN rolled out to just over half the premises across this continent … If we’d stuck with the [Labor] version, by now we would have a great state-of-the-art network reaching all of perhaps 15-20 per cent of premises. And at the cost of much the same billions.”

McCrann:

The National Broadband Network is getting a bum rap — bizarrely, because it’s actually been too successful… NBN chief Bill Morrow … has been able to do is get the NBN rolled out to just over half the premises across this continent; and get it rolled out to them — almost from a standing start — in less than four years.

If we’d stuck with the Kevin Rudd-Stephen Conroy all-fibre Rolls-Royce version, by now we would have a great state-of-the-art network reaching all of perhaps 15-20 per cent of premises. And at the cost of much the same billions that has got it to 50 per cent of the country.

Under the Rudd-Conroy model, those — small minority of — premises would now have the choice of paying Rolls-Royce prices for speeds that most of them neither needed nor wanted; or paying just “normal” higher prices for broadband speeds on shiny fibre not much faster than they were getting anyway on old copper.

The other 80 per cent or so wouldn’t even have that choice; they’d still be stuck on the old ADSL copper network, with the prospect of dribbling on to the NBN progressively through the 2020s.

As for the complaints that we are paying more for the same (slow) speeds:

Because — and this is the absolutely key point to understand — these slow speed issues are NOT in the main a consequence of not having all-fibre, or the fact that there’s a mix of technologies (fibre, fibre to the node, to the kerb, HFC cable).

They are in the main a consequence of the price the retail service providers are paying to access the network. Bluntly, these RSPs are selling high speeds to consumers but not buying enough access to ensure they can deliver those speeds when demand is high at peak periods…

Very simply, it is up to the ACCC to police the RSPs. To make it bluntly clear that if they sell a consumer a 25 MBps download speed, they buy enough capacity on the NBN to deliver it, and not just between 2am and 6am.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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