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Analysis, Opinion, Telecommunications - Monday, May 26, 2014 12:16 - 48 Comments
opinion Those opposed to the Coalition’s rival broadband policy must not step over the line into offensiveness in their pursuit of NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow over past failures at US utility Pacific Gas & Electric. The better path of valor would be to treat Morrow with the same level of respect and dignity that his predecessor Mike Quigley deserved, but never got.
It’s a spectacular day outside in Sydney today — unseasonably warm, with a bright sun high in a cloudless sky. Our beaches will be packed with those enjoying the sunshine and glorious water. But inside the halls of power of Australia’s telecommunications industry, an odious stink of revenge has started tainting the fresh air. Dark thoughts have started circling and the outlook is stormy.
The cause of the stink is the news which The Guardian broke late on Friday night that Bill Morrow, the executive hand-picked by the new Coalition Government to revamp Labor’s National Broadband Network project in its own image, had been named in a wide-ranging shareholder lawsuit over a series of tragic events at his former employer, Pacific Gas and Electric.
You can read the legal documents yourself (PDF), but the basics of the case are pretty clear: Throughout 2008 and 2010, a series of unfortunate accidents in the San Francisco utility’s infrastructure had tragic consequences; killing a total of nine people and damaging about a hundred homes.
Morrow had a short-lived involvement with PG&E, having served as its president and chief executive for just two years from 2006 through mid-2008, with part of that time as chief operating officer. However, the executive’s tenure at the company came at a critical time; immediately preceding the accidents. And of course, he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts with more than US$8 million in benefits.
To the long-term observer of Labor’s NBN project, the revelation has more than a hint of deja vu about it. After all, Morrow’s predecessor at NBN Co, the company’s founding chief executive Mike Quigley, had barely been in his role for 18 months before a similar style of accusation was dredged up about his involvement in a similar case at his previous employer, then-US-based networking firm Alcatel. Continue…
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Lend Lease + Downer EDI step up
- Poison words: Turnbull + NBN board go to war
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- NBN Co “in crisis”, Turnbull tells Albanese:
Answers needed immediately
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- NBN: Isn’t Siobhan McKenna just doing her job?
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- Broken dreams: The NBN’s bubble has burst
- NBN Co has “major credibility issues”: Budde
- NBN revises June forecast to 190k to 220k
- Vodafone CEO backs Quigley NBN study
- Turnbull should welcome Quigley review: Budde
- “Cheap stunt”: Turnbull rejects Quigley’s olive branch
- Quigley refutes “incorrect, misleading” AFR report
- AFR leaves crucial info out of NBN cost story
- NBN should be in caretaker mode, claims Turnbull
- Tick tock, NBN Co. Where are the rollout stats?
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- NBN hard rollout data ‘not yet finalised’
- Turnbull continues to attract IT industry bile
- Jim Hassell quits NBN Co
- FTTN “viable”, says Mike Quigley
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- Conroy threatens naughty NSW with NBN powers
- Turnbull on Quigley “witch hunt”, says Conroy
- ‘Partisan ideology’:
Turnbull blasts pro-NBN ‘media apologists’
- NBN nightmare install escalated to CEO, fixed
- Turnbull’s Quigley slander is flatly offensive
- NBN irony as Turnbull takes the high ground
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- NBN opt-out: Tassie slams Coalition states’ ‘politicking’
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- Labor releases new NBN corporate plan
- NBN corporate plan lands 2PM today
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- ACCC rubber stamps Optus’ NBN deal
- ‘National security': NBN Co blocks Huawei FoI
- NBN: 85% of Australians want 50Mbps or higher
- Higher 100Mbps uptake will spur NBN price cuts
- Come clean, Conroy: Turnbull slams Brissie NBN “gerrymandering”
- Insider Robin Payne appointed NBN Co CFO
- Gillard strongly defends Huawei NBN ban
- NBN Co releases three-year rollout plan
- Save the NBN Kevin, you’re our only hope
- ISP launches 2TB, 100Mbps NBN plan for $105
- Fact-checking NBN politics: Where reality defeats spin
- NBN Co inks $620m satellite deal
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- The five NBN misconceptions of Tony Abbott
- Conroy’s attacks lack “hard evidence,” claims Turnbull
- Everything about the NBN is bad, says Turnbull
- NBN Co opens Melb ops, demo facilities
- Aussie focus as NBN Co awards $635m in deals
- Fibre to the node: Turnbull to meet with Quigley
- Coalition NBN policy shifts to fibre to the node
- Labor MP Husic slams NBN schedule …?
- Evidence that NBN Co is evil
- NBN Co reveals 2012 rollout schedule
- NBN critics: Can’t you do better than this?
- CFO gone in significant NBN restructure
- NBN Co releases new rollout schedule
- Has the Coalition concluded its Quigley witch-hunt?
- Gillard is ripping up Labor’s NBN credibility
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- Is this Mike Quigley’s car?
- Is the Coalition’s Quigley obsession
a ‘McCarthyist witch hunt’?
- Are NBN Co execs paid too much?
- Quigley smears are “Godwin Grech revisited”: Conroy
- Conroy has “stuffed up” NBN pricing, says Hackett
- In defence of an honourable man
- NBN Co opens peace talks with Simon Hackett
- Telstra opens up second release NBN sites
- Fujitsu, Service Stream to build NBN in new estates
- NBN Co kicks off interim satellite service
- Video: Quigley hits the 7:30 Report
- Stop the personal attacks, now (by Mike Quigley)
- The Earl of Wentworth is debasing himself
- Quigley + Beaufret must be guilty … right? Right?
- ‘Insane’ NBN pricing will kill small ISPs: Hackett
- IBM wins $200m NBN Co systems deal
- Telstra deal may delay NBN second release
- Our Father Quigley, who art in NBN Co
- Optus wants NBN Co management outsourced
- Conroy’s fibre claims “absolute tripe”, says Turnbull
- Quigley slams “futile” wireless NBN debate
- Video: Complete Quigley press conference
- Vic opt-out block no big deal, says NBN chief
- Quigley faces down Alcatel bribery questions
- Please explain Alcatel bribes, Turnbull tells Quigley
- Gigabit fibre for ~ $150/month:
NBN Co plan revealed
- Top ten tech sector leaks we’d like to see
- Xenophon deal secures NBN business plan summary
- Tassie NBN JV: Conroy to meet with Bartlett
- Just what is NBN Co doing right now?
- NBN Co kicks operations back into gear
- Labor wins: NBN TO GO AHEAD
- Nationals blast Labor’s NBN project
- Gillard promises independents Quigley briefing
- NBN: Where do we go from here?
- Election rant 7: Labor’s arrogance hamstrung NBN policy
- Oh Dear: Firemen + the Church of Father Quigley
- Video: Quigley talks the election + Coalition
- Quigley openly slams Coalition’s broadband policy
- Election rant 2: NBN Co’s outrageous Labor favour
- Quigley denies giving Labor free 1Gbps kick
- Conroy backs NBN opt-out model
- Australia, Japan reach broadband accord
- Inside the NBN Co promotion track
- Video: Full Conroy press Q+A on Thurs 8 July
- Govt doesn’t trust “internet companies”, says Conroy
- 19 new sites announced for NBN rollout
- Have the first NBN customers been connected?
- NBN Co’s business case slips due date
- The eternal symmetry of Quigley’s spotless life
- Alcatel-Lucent wins up to $1.5 billion NBN contract
- Victoria aims to be top NBN dog
- NBN gets a ray of sunshine for its Hassell’s
- Power plays: Vendors court Thodey
- NBN Co promises business case by May 31
- A political price for Telstra
- NBN Co refutes Pipe disclosure claims
- Pipe founder predicts NBN will fail
- Quigley clarifies Senate NBN profit ‘misconceptions’
- Scoping the NBN cost crater
- Will wireless broadband kill the NBN?
- NBN Co gets new chairman
- ‘Financial gap’ opens up in Telstra NBN talks
- NBN Co gets permanent North Sydney digs
- Don’t privatise the NBN
- Mainland NBN test sites: The buildout begins
- Conroy hasn’t received NBN implementation study
- NBN Co preps IT tenders
- The NBN Company is boring … and deliberately so
- Quigley fronts speaking circuit; Thodey abstains