The NBN is primarily a machine for winning elections.
Conroy created it (I know the people who put the idea in his head but he did the political leg work) and used it to get Rudd elected.
Conroy then had to build it and he used it to get Julia elected.
It didn’t work a third time for Rudd because the slow progress of the NBN just confirmed the perception that the government were hopeless.
Abbott didn’t understand the NBN and told Turnbull to demolish it.
But Turnbull kept the NBN because he knew what it was really for and he eventually used it to help win his election.
Now Fifield has been given control of the machine with strict instructions to not touch anything.
I think Turnbull’s plan is to get millions of people migrated to the NBN then reduce the CVC charge in 2018 to ensure users are finally happy with the performance.
Late in 2018 he will announce a sale process and TLS shares will jump in value which will make a lot of Liberal voters happy.
Then he will have yet another go at riding the NBN machine to victory in 2019.
Or ScoMo or Dutton will.
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Interesting JSL, have recently covered a large chunk of SA and I can assure you folks out there are rapidly realising that the NBN is not the ‘silver bullet’ that they have been hearing about. LTE is delivering superior performance and with coverage areas constantly growing the government should be finding themselves in quite the dilemma.