News Corp owner, Rupert Murdoch says that building the high-speed broadband National Broadband Network had been a waste of money and remained in danger of being overtaken by mobile technology. Murdoch has stated that the high speed broadband network, which continues under the new Abbott government as a slower mixed-technology rollout, was “ridiculous.”
The News Corporation boss gave a lengthy interview on Foxtel channel Sky News to mark the 50th anniversary of his company’s national newspaper, The Australian.
On the current state of the Australian economy, he said there had been “six years of very mixed government in which the cost of production and the cost of employing people has gone up so much”.
Allan Fels slams NBN shield
FORMER competition chief Allan Fels has slammed a key legal shield for the $41 billion National Broadband Network as “the biggest anti-competitive arrangement ever in Australia”. In a submission to the government’s review of competition policy, Professor Fels takes aim at the high-speed network having exemption to …
NBN FTTN’s power bill: $89m a year?
The Coalition government’s decision to switch the fixed line element of the National Broadband Network from being primarily fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) to a mix of technologies, notably fibre-to-the-node for brownfields, has not been without its critics. At least some of that criticism has centred on the street-side cabinets that will be needed under a FTTN deployment. They will be condemned as “hideous” and vulnerable to vandalism, and critics have …
Switkowski: rollout of NBN was too ambitious
NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski says the rollout of the National Broadband Network was never going to meet its original targets because they were overly ambitious. Dr Switkowksi, who was appointed by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to get the NBN “back on track”, said it would take until the end of the year before changes to the rollout could get under way. Speaking to an Australian National University-Australian Financial Review conference in …