I can think of fifty billion reasons (and rising) why your point of view is detrimental to the overall benefit of the country, Orestes. But hey, it’s all OPM. In this case, other grandchildren’s money. You want speed, you want it now, and you don’t want to pay the real cost for it.
We all want more speed, with greater download limits. But there is the question of how fast it is needed, how it fits in with the advance of technology, and how to pay for it. And the correct role of government. This is renationalisation. How the NBN has been costed and accounted for in the books is a travesty, deceitful in a way that only makes sense to a lawyer or a politician. Do you really think the NBN expenditure should be excluded from the federal budget?
And what happens when Telstra finally adopts 5G with significant download limits? The NBN will be an expensive white elephant. The only reason it and Optus aren’t already actively promoting wireless broadband in direct competition with NBN services already (“get 4G broadband, it’s just as fast as the NBN!” -yes I know, but marketing) is there are contractual arrangements preventing them from doing so.
And I don’t say this to defend Turnbull, who I despise. It just that everything the Rudd Government did was a grand fuck up, and the NBN was just another example. How anything can go from a $4b progressive upgrade plan to a back of a napkin (literally true), kafkaesque and Byzantine contract ridden boondoggle with no true costing and accountability is classic Dr Death (the QPS nickname for Rudd). Turnbull of course is just too Lord Wentworth to fix it.
Instead of steady upgrade and capacity upgrades, we got a long trough in development as Rudd and Conroy diverted for a dream of FTTP (except for the country areas of course, best not mention them in any promotional material, let them think they get FTTP too). Why would the private sector keep development going once the government stepped in? Even better, get the government buy you off with $12billion to stop? The current government’s version will get faster than current speed to more people more quickly at less cost than the Conroy/Rudd NBN would have (which could give access to higher speeds for those that paid more, but only eventually), and despite the contractual landmines Conroy set up. But even the Turnbull version of the NBN is still at a ridiculous cost that coming wireless tech will make largely useless in many areas.
And don’t get me started on the implications of VIOP only in natural disaster areas.