[LINK] Network could be a dud, warns Turnbull
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Mon Oct 26 15:02:04 AEDT 2009
> THE Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, has launched a stinging
> attack on the Government's broadband plans, warning it could burn
> billions of taxpayer dollars on an unviable project.
> Speaking to BusinessDay, Mr Turnbull intensified the Opposition's
> criticism of the $43 billion national broadband network, arguing that
> there was little evidence of enough consumer demand to make the
> project profitable.
My first reaction was that someone's been smoking an illegal substance.
On reflection, it wouldn't take much to cripple the market.
A few reports of horrendous excess data bills, for example, might scare
> Mr Turnbull's attack came as Telstra's rivals warned minor party
> senators that delaying legislation designed to force the break-up of
> Telstra could leave them powerless to add amendments guaranteeing
> regional services and consumer protection.
I'll resist the temptation to comment on the telcos' belated conversions
on the needs of consumers and the regions.
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