blog It’s hard to recall, given Tony Abbott’s enthusiastic support for the Coalition’s ‘NBN lite’ policy released this week, but there was a time when the Opposition Leader and others in the Coalition had pledged to “demolish”, “dismantle” and any other ‘d’ word you can think of, Labor’s National Broadband Network policy. In an article for the ABC’s The Drum site, Business Spectator founder and News Limited employee Alan Kohler points out how far things have come (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“I don’t know how he did it, but Malcolm Turnbull has turned the Liberals under Tony Abbott into an NBN party. In the process, he has saved Abbott from a terrible mess if he had gone to the election still promising to dismantle the NBN … Making the last bit of fibre user pays, as opposed to taxpayer funded, is a dumb, short-sighted decision in my view, but no big deal. It’s certainly better than dismantling the whole thing …”
Whether you do or don’t like the Coalition’s alternative NBN policy, there’s really no disagreeing with Kohler here. I personally have no doubt that if Malcolm Turnbull hadn’t taken on the communications portfolio under his arch-nemesis Abbott, and if Turnbull hadn’t chosen to use all of his intellect and persuasive skills to bring the Liberals to the party on the NBN, that the project as a whole would be being dismantled come September this year. Personally, like most readers, I would prefer to have fibre directly to my doorstep rather than merely to a neighbourhood node, but either is better than the ADSL I “use” (except when it rains too hard, when it becomes unusable) now. And the Australian public will have Turnbull personally to thank for that. FTTN might not be as good as FTTP, but I doubt many will be calling it “fraudband” if the Coalition can manage to deliver it in the next two electoral terms it is promising.
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