Australia's National Broadband Network 'viable without Telstra'
Posted in: Government & Policy at 06/05/2010 16:41
The National Broadband Network can be built within the government's $43 billion budget without the involvement of Telstra and should reap the nation a return within 15 years.
But the long-awaited implementation report on the NBN, released this afternoon, urged the government to strike a deal with Telstra, arguing it would save greatly on capital expenditure in the construction of the critical infrastructure needed for the network and would be significantly more cost effective.
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