Joshua Gans from the Melbourne Business School says the
media are missing the main game when they keep harping on about the
need for the NBN to make a commercial return.
He says the social
benefits are the real story, no one is going to make money from
selling access, so it should be given away from the start. Independent consultant Kevin Morgan has a different view. He says the whole project
lives in the realm of fantasy and secrecy.
These are just a couple of the views expressed at the Senate
Select Committee on the NBN's public hearing in Melbourne earlier
this month (7 October). In this half hour summary of the one day talkfest you'll also
Greg Wyler from 03b Networks says low orbit satellites
can provide the backhaul
Elizabeth Barnet from Vernet doesn't want the NBN to be built without considering the high
bandwidth needs of the education and research sector
Folks from Ballarat ICT Limited tell us what a great place it is to live in
— did I miss something?
John Dubois & John Weston from Senatas ask for encryption to be built into the network
David Ryan and Sharon Tonkin from the Grampians Rural Health
alliance talk about the benefits they're seeing from their own
regional fibre network
Brad Wynter from Whittlesea Council had the foresight to put conduits in greenfield sites, but the
carriers still wanted a subsidy to build.