Turnbull’s fragmented NBN dooms Australia to repeat the mistakes of the past

Letting telcos cherry-pick profitable suburbs will put us right back where we started – with Telstra holding the country to ransom.The real reason why Australia needs a national broadband network has been lost amid the political and technical arguments of the last few years. The primary purpose of the NBN isn’t to deliver 100 Mbps download speeds across the country. Nor is the primary purpose of the NBN to run fibre to every home. The primary purpose of the NBN is to fix the hotch potch broadband infrastructure and monopolistic quagmire created by decades of market failure and regulatory impotence – an environment which empowered the monster that is Telstra.

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