The 'roll in' makes the NBN a liability

The NBN could have been an electoral asset for Labor if not for deals struck with the independents and Greens in 2010. Instead, it's set to be a real burden come September.

The latest figures released on the national broadband network rollout offer a useful reminder to politicians seeking to form minority government – careful what you to agree to with hard-bargaining independents.

The figures, put before the joint committee set up to track the giant project's progress by 'shareholders' Penny Wong and Stephen Conroy, show where the rollout is progressing, and what kinds of data speeds customers are buying.

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