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 Vertigan Panel has an opportunity to ensure that there are sufficient incentives for the private sector to build high speed broadband networks in the metros. This is the real NBN cost benefit analysis that needs to be done.
The real message of the NBN cost-benefit analysis is that we need to stop the current process outside the existing fixed-line regions. It's time to figure out the best way to provide broadband to rural and regional Australia without breaking the bank.