blog Not everyone is particularly enthused by the idea of placing tens of thousands of broadband cabinets around Australia to realise the Coalition’s fibre to the node National Broadband Network vision. And one of those not happy with the idea is UNSW building academic Alec Tzannes, who told the Sydney Morning Herald this week after the launch of the Coalition’s new NBN policy (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Let me choose my words fairly carefully; I think it’s hideous … It’s like somebody put a backyard storage unit out of Bunnings on the street.”
The image above comes from BT’s rollout of FTTN technology in the UK, and doesn’t precisely inspire confidence that Turnbull’s FTTN vision will maintain Australia’s existing usually quite appealing suburban landscape. Of course, FTTN technology has dramatically improved over the past few years and it’s far from clear that the Coalition’s FTTN vision would look precisely like this. However, in the context of Australia’s long-term future, it is one issue worth considering.