Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
The arguments raised by the telcos against a proposed monitoring regime don't add up. Unfortunately with the government backing a National Broadband Network, made up of a hodgepodge of fixed access technologies, it’s unlikely to be in a rush to support the ACCC.
The $15 billion cost blowout and further rollout delays highlighted by NBN Co are an exercise in allowing the Coalition to get the bad news out of the way and hope for better news before the next election.
The Coalition government’s proposed national security amendment to the Telecommunications Act is an ill-conceived exercise that once again threatens to impose onerous conditions on the telecommunications industry.