[LINK] It's on: NBN vs. wireless ( was Rod Tucker on ABC Radio National now Friday 18th 6:15pm)

George Bray georgebray at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 18:32:53 AEDT 2011

Here's an example of technological innovation that the federal
government doesn't want to know about: the mobile-only household that
has ditched the landline. Smart phones, tablets and other wireless
devices are gaining in popularity just as the federal government rolls
out very real cables to connect households and business to a national
broadband network, at a cost of close to 60 billion dollars over the
next decade. The NBN's business model assumes that 70 per cent of
households will sign up to the network by 2025, meaning that
households that choose to go mobile-only could pose a serious problem.
It's one thing to say you're going to 'do it once, do it right and do
it with fibre', but what if technology and consumer preference
undermine the project? Do we run the risk of creating a super-fast,
fibre-munching white elephant?

David Kennedy
Research Director,

Professor Rod Tucker
Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society
University of Melbourne


On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM, George Bray <georgebray at gmail.com> wrote:
> on now.  Rod is from the institute for a broadband enabled society
> g

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