Letter to the Editor

Well! You could have knocked me down with a feather. I have just been witness to one of the most foolish announcements of public policy I have seen in my long years, on ABC TV Midday News.

It appears that Tony Abbott has had another brilliant idea. It seems that if the LNP were to win government they would buy back from Telstra the old copper network that costs a Billion dollars per year to maintain, and replace the NBN Co high fibre optic cable with a lousy fibre to the node system which would deliver much slower speeds than the NBN Co full fibre system.

So in recap, the Abbott LNP are instead of progressing into the future, going back to the future with a “cheap and nasty” model of telecommunications using some of the old and some of the new, this may save a few dollars in the short term, but as other nations overtake us with both speed and clarity, we would be paying at least $1 Billion per annum to maintain the old copper cables, and we will still need to upgrade with NBN Co style technology in the long run, who could believe it?

After this we could see anything, a rejuvenated Cobb& Co anyone? Of course this will be hardest felt in rural and regional Australia, as usual.


Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au


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