New Zealand: UFB – Australia: NBN

By John Nixon 18/07/2010

I’ve been at my home in Australia for a few weeks watching the political wrangling into the next Federal election on 21 August 2010.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is about number four on the list of important political issues.
Tony Abbott has promised to scrap the NBN if the Liberal-Country Party coalition wins power.
I am not normally a Labour supporter, having been my own boss since 1964.
BUT in this case I would vote for Miss Gillard, just to keep the NBN alive!
It is well advanced (far more than our UFB), with homes already connected to fibre in Tasmania, and many other areas to follow soon.
There is a very strong and politically independent company (NBN Co) which has been formed and is functioning well.
To scrap this would be stupid. So I’m hoping that Gillard gets home. I think she will.
New Zealand?
Ho hum, selection of Local Fibre Companies put back now to seek further information. It really is as exciting as watching grass grow.
I read an article tonight from the Kiwi Sunday Star Times which said:
” Stanners said New Zealand is undertaking the largest transformation of any global industry.
“New Zealand is absolutely leading the world into uncharted territory,” he said. “You can’t look at [UK teleco] BT or any other blueprint.”
Rubbish! It’s slow, it’s not transparent, and we don’t know where it’s going.
I am totally supportive of both countries’ National Broadband network projects.
But NZ is, at least for the interested observer, dragging the chain.