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ABC Radio National – The NBN

The Money is broadcast every Thursday and over 30 minutes tries to understance a topic through interviews with experts.http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/themoney/

On 2 November, its chosen topic was “Fibrte Optics – A look at Australia’s NBN” which set out to explain why “Despite the billions of dollars spent on the National Broadband Network, Australia has continued to slide down the international rankings when it comes to broadband speed and equity of service…Why has the NBN been such a debacle and what can be done to fix it on this week’s episode of The Money”.

The four experts interveiwed were:
Dr Tooran Alizadeh
Director of Urban Design at Sydney University’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning
Paul Budde
Independent telecommunications analyst
John de Ridder
Independent telecommunications economist
Rod Tucker
Laureate Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne.

Open letter to NBN

Professor Rod Tucker and I may disagree about the NBN’s technology mix but we have found common cause in the problems with the current business model and how to fix it.

We argue that the volume of data transferred should be the basis of wholesale charges for the NBN, not the bandwidth provided to the user.

We also argue that all users should have full access to the bandwidth capabilities of the particular technology connecting their premises.

For more, read How to fix the NBN

Price rebalancing to make the NBN affordable

It is not generally appreciated that the nbn™ has never claimed that CVC is backhaul. It says it is only a pricing construct. This is a follow-up to last week’s column  ((the Blame Game – Cutting teh Gordina Knot) explaining how CVCs introduces congestion when it does not have to. There is a better way to charge for usage that will unleash the economic potential of the NBN.  See Economuse 2017-8-10

The blame game – Cutting the Gordian Knot

Who is to blame for poor speed and poor performance on the NBN? The pricing of the NBN is certainly knotted. It is more complex than it needs to be and that complexity leads to the current arguments about speed and performance.

VHA’s public submission to the nbn seems to have influenced its CEO, Bill Morrow, in his announcement that he will be looking to revise pricing to “have a minimum assurance of a certain quality of product”. But, VHA’s proposed rebalancing of NBN pricing would some matters worse.

There is a simpler pricing regime that will improve both speed and performance and remove the blame from the nbn.

See Economuse 2017-7-31