April 11, 2014
Renai Le May has it about right on the Coaltion's broadband network. Nobody really knows what's going on. It appears that their policy of Fibre to the Node, which Turnbull took to the election, is quietly being dropped.
What we appear to have is "NBN" chaos and confusion. That is what Renai Le May is giving voice to--a sense of growing disquiet. Nobody seems to know what is going on.
So here's a suggestion-- the NBN is being dismantled because it is against the interests of Murdoch, Foxtel and free to air television. Proper Fiber to the Premises network (FFTP) means that anyone with a fibre connection and decent plan (business or otherwise) can become a “TV” broadcaster. It allows new broadcasters to enter the marking without the initial barrier of the enormous cost.
What is being put in place is what is in the interests of Murdoch, Foxtel and free-to -air television. Protecting Foxtel is the key. Making sure Foxtel goes unchallenged as the premium content provider in Australia, while also having the taxpayer pay to complete the Foxtel network, and increase its market two fold. They also want to hand off as much of the NBN infrastructure as possible to the private sector.
This kind of crude thinking is the only way that I can make sense of the chaos. It's deliberate. Abbott's remit to Turnbull was to destroy the NBN. The Coalition do not want the NBN in any form.
The politics of it is that the Coalition are content to blame the ALP for the mess and chaos that Turnbull is creating. The tactic is to kick Labor while they are down, bury any legacy (Gonski, the NDIS, carbon pricing leading to an ETS, the MRRT, SuperClinics (health), TAFEs) and the digital vision of the previous Gillard/Rudd government. The strategy is to destroy Labor as a political force.