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NBN Cross Subsidy Plan Not Working So Australians May Have To Pay Higher Taxes To Keep Government-Owned Broadband System Afloat

May 8, 2017

Readers of this blog are very familiar with the problems encountered by Australia’s nationwide, government-owned broadband system called NBN, or the National Broadband Network. Critics have called the system “broken beyond repair” and have accused government officials of focusing on outdated technology. Still, the government persists and, according to an ITNews report today, policymakers now …

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Is Australia’s Government Network “Broken Beyond Repair”?

March 16, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy has argued repeatedly that one of the reasons government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs) run into trouble is that municipal officials rarely have the expertise to build and manage a complex communications network that require regular (and costly) upgrades. We’re seeing this problem play out in Australia. Internet Australia Executive …

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CEO Of Australia’s Government Network Asks Whether There Is A Market For Gigabit

February 17, 2017

Are one gigabit broadband speeds necessary? In the United States we’ve clearly seen an uptick in demand—and of private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) fulfilling that demand—but Bill Morrow, the CEO of Australia’s National Broadband Network (or NBN, a government owned system) says most consumers still don’t need, or want, these speeds. At any price. ZDNet …

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More Troubles For Australia’s Government Broadband Network

December 8, 2016

Australia’s government-owned broadband network (National Broadband Network, or NBN) has been plagued by troubles almost since it’s conception, and, according to a November 30 article in Space News, the situation isn’t getting any better. Space News said NBN’s “satellite broadband service continues to suffer regional outages seven months after its introduction, with a majority of …

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Australians Dissatisfied With Government Broadband

November 16, 2016

Readers of this website know that Australia’s countrywide government-owned broadband network, called the National Broadband Network (NBN), has had its share of problems. These problems have translated to deep dissatisfaction among users. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, in a report outlining global infrastructure needs and priorities, the research firm Ipsos said that Australia ranks …

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Australia’s Government Network A Failure

August 5, 2016

It seems like more and more U.S. cities and states are experimenting with government-owned internet networks (GONs). Some are building middle mile networks that other providers can connect to in order to provide service to consumers. Others are going all in—building and operating taxpayer-funded networks that sell service directly to consumers. As the Coalition for …

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South Australia: Bad Roads And Bad Broadband

June 17, 2016

Coalition for the New Economy readers know we’ve criticized Australia’s government-owned broadband network, the National Broadband Network, repeatedly. A recent report in the Whyalla News in South Australia shows that Australians agree with our assessment. The newspaper polled local readers and found the Australian government “received a low rating for its rollout of the National …

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Australia’s National Broadband Network A Failure

May 23, 2016

This blog has written before about Australia’s government-owned broadband network—the National Broadband Network. We’re not the only ones who see this network as a complete failure. In a column in The Australian this week, Institute of Public Affairs Media and Communications Manager Evan Mulholland, who was a former adviser to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, agrees. …

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