The Seven Myths Of Australia’s National Broadband Network

Will a fibre-to-home network help circulate accurate information about infrastructure projects? Ian McAuley on the political economy of nation building and the myths about the NBN that won’t go awayThe debate on the National Broadband Network has developed considerably since I wrote about it shortly after the 2010 federal election As the NBN clears its early legislative hurdles its opponents have mobilised to try to kill it before it develops an unstoppable momentum.The struggle over the NBN is reminiscent of the development of the Snowy Mountains Scheme 60 years ago. At a cost of £400 million it represented about 4 per cent of GDP at the time — about the same as the NBN. It was developed by the Chifley Labor government and was vigorously opposed by the Menzies opposition. The government managed to establish the Snowy Mountains Authority only five months before the Menzies government was elected in late 1949, and in that period the government and the Authority went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the project was irreversible.To read this essay in the New Matilda report in full, see:

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