A patchwork NBN future

Using existing infrastructure for the NBN will leave us with a hotch-potch of technologies. Some areas will get great service while others will just have to make do.

In 1851 the colonial governments of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia agreed to standardise their rail systems – a win for commonsense that would avoid any problems if their railway systems ever managed to meet.

Within two years the New South Wales government had abandoned that agreement and went ahead with totally different railway gauge. A 150 years later Australia is still struggling with the consequences of one dumb infrastructure decision.

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