Australia's National Broadband Network: how it came to be and where it might be heading

2017-05-01T03:48:19Z (GMT) by Corner, Stuart
The Australian Government has committed to build a fibre-to-the-premises network serving 90 percent of Australian homes at an estimated cost of $43b. This article looks at how it came to abandon an earlier plan for fibre-to-the-node network at a fraction of the cost, at how the technical development and rollout plans for the project are progressing, at the political hurdles it must still surmount and at what the Federal Opposition might do should an election derail the Government's plan. The article also examines legislation the government is trying to push through that would drastically restructure Telstra and which it is using this to try and negotiate Telstra's participation in the new network. Copyright 2010 Stuart Corner. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.