[LINK] Fairfax press looks at broadband around the world; Australia not doing well; govt intervention needed

Steven Clark steven.clark at internode.on.net
Mon Aug 30 23:02:24 AEST 2010

  On 30/08/2010 3:07 PM, David Boxall wrote:
> On 30/08/2010 1:36 PM, David Goldstein wrote:
>> This article is in the Fairfax press today... the hard copy version has a graph
>> with the numbers of different types of broadband in about 20 or 30 countries.
>> And yes, reading the report shows the government's NBN is the only way to get
>> high speed broadband around the country and the private sector is inept at
>> providing it.
>> David
>> Waiting on a missed connection
>> Government intervention will be required to give Australian households
>> super-fast fibre, writes Lucy Battersby.
>> ...
> I particularly liked this from Paul Budde: "The single biggest problem
> for fixed broadband expansion is the cost. Revenue from phone calls and
> data no longer justify the cost of installation for any
> telecommunications company anywhere in the world".
> Like roads or much other infrastructure of National significance, the
> NBN is not necessarily commercially viable. Commentators who insist on
> employing measures of commercial viability simply don't have a clue.

it's not helped by the insistence by so many that government operate 
like a profit-making commercial venture.

also not helped by the dominance of particular view(s) about what 
government is/is not 'supposed' to do. etc etc.

Steven R Clark, BSc(Hons) LLB/LP(Hons) /Flinders/, MACS, Barrister & 

PhD Scholar
School of Commerce, Division of Business
City West Campus, University of South Australia (UniSA)

Deputy Director, Community Engagement Board (CEB)
Chair, Economic, Legal and Social Issues Committee (ELSIC)
Australian Computer Society (ACS)

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