Devising the right NBN policy

The NBN might be a reality no matter who wins the next election but neither party has revealed a policy that covers all the bases.

It’s been an interesting 2012 for the NBN and NBN Co with plenty of progress on the ground. Sure it’s not rolling out as quickly and smoothly as many of us would like it to, but every connection made between now and the federal election will be priceless.

Most importantly, the prospect of a fibre network for all Australians is now pretty much set in stone whatever the outcome of the election. However, when it comes to policy we only have one side of the picture and therefore reliant on our imagination to ponder the implications of a Coalition victory.

There's a simple methodology to assess any public policy and while we don’t have time machines we can still have a pretty good stab at answering some of the key questions about the competing NBN policies. The value of such an exercise may not seem apparent but it is handy way of remembering just what’s at stake.

When pondering policy one needs to consider the four main areas:



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