Malcolm Turnbull is at it again, criticising just about anything published by anyone that is in any way supportive of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
This is despite ample evidence provided by anyone who challenges his alternative plan, and people actually building the NBN that he is completely missing the point.
His plan calls for “up to 80Mbps” through an FTTN/VDSL network, though the actual viability of such speeds depends on a number of factors, including the quality of the existing copper network, which has been barely maintained for years:
“Other infrastructure leaders subsequently concurred and pointed out that maintenance to Australia’s copper networks (both PSTN and HFC) has practically collapsed over the past three years because there has been little reason for commercial companies to spend money on maintaining networks that are scheduled to be ripped out of the ground.”
Only the people closest to the FTTN cabinets would get this target speed.
Indeed, you would see people living next door to each other getting different maximum possible speeds, which creates the ridiculous situation where services one home will be able to get, might not be available to the home across the road.