Shock! Study finds NBN viable

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Say, isn't that about $2,000 per person or about $5,000 per household? And for that I get 20MBits? (See Shock! Study finds NBN viable, May 6.)
These must be a better sort of cherry flavoured Mbit than the ordinary copper flavoured type that we already get from iiNet and the other ADSL2+ providers. (iiNet offers up to 24Mbit)
Nobody in NBN land has been forthright in explaining how the nation's data providers are going to feed several million very hungry light pipes. I see a great future in server farming, (better than wheat?) and the power stations (all coal powered, of course) that will be needed to power this vision of the future. What makes this even more silly a folly is the fact that the net very rarely delivers more than 500kbits across the Pacific, where most of our data comes from. What's the point in the NBN since it doesn't solve any of the up-stream problems that are the real limiting factors. I think that this is another home insulation scheme.
The notion that Australians will surrender their copper wire for the promise of cheap optical fibre is ludicrous. (See Shock! Study finds NBN viable, May 6.)
Recently, my phone company doubled my download limit and doubled the speed of my connection...all through my near obsolete copper wire connection. And the price stayed the same. I would rather stick with my trusted phone company – it's not Telstra – and take my download through my stone-age copper wire than risk a shafting from the government's NBN when they achieve a monopoly over household connection. Hey Graeme Samuel, what's wrong with a little competition in household telco connection?
Stephen's article is probably the fairest treatment of both positions I have read for years. (See Shock! Study finds NBN viable, May 6.)
It saddens me that we are wasting valuable resources duplicating what we already have with Telstra, to provide very ordinary returns that may or may not eventuate.
There is no doubt that this whole venture will run into trouble that will put at risk public monies because there is no way in this climate private capital will buy into this specific project. Surely there are far more pressing needs, that are nowhere near being met, crying out for government's attention. We have already lost many years of opportunities. People have lost value in their life savings having been sold assets by the government and then systematically destroyed. But telecommunications is not the only casulty...look at insulation, mining, and the rumours on banking. These are spot fires that collectively could turn in to a raging bushfire destroying livelihoods.
It will be quite an achievement if the project does not have cost over-runs. Putting trust in theoretical experts like KPMG is fraught with danger, if experience is anything to go by. The rates of return quoted are hardly what one would call exciting. (See Shock! Study finds NBN viable, May 6.)
The NBN will have 100 per cent of market. It is a fundamental service and should be government owned, as should electricity, water, roads etc. (See Shock! Study finds NBN viable, May 6.) Whatever is privatised should be left to the market to decide viability, pricing etc. The NBN is the one thing Rudd has got right. Nay-sayers have no vision. When all non-mobile communication is via fibre – TV, movies, fixed-line phone is via fibre anyone saying 2Mbps is sufficient will look really silly.