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Analysis: how to pay for the NBN

Complaining about the $35.9 billion National Broadband Network has become a pointless exercise. The real question, now that it is being built, is how will we pay for it, and the nasty answer is a compulsory levy.

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Kalgoorlie Boulder
As I've said before, the NBN company is not going to connect Kalgoorlie Boulder up to the NBN for at least nine years when we have four fibre-optic cables running straight through Kalgoorlie Boulder. NBN no thank you, I'm going wireless.

Perth
The Golf ball type writer and mobile phone are hardly fair comparisons of communications technology when looking back 30 years!! The main means of communication 30 years ago was the land line! It is before my time but I would hazard a guess that that technology was pretty standard for the previous 30 years as well? So for a technology in the order of 60 years old it has served us well but it will be superceded by the NBN. Assuming fibre lasts the next 40-60 years the NBN is pretty reasonable investment.

Carine
At the speed with which Electronic technology is advancing, NBN will be outdated before it is even completed. If the Government is not blinking an eye over the ESTIMATED cost of NBN, not the completed cost, it would be better off spending that kind of money towards a reliable - and sufficient water supply for the Nation. Afterall wireless Broadbent is bount to become faster and cheaper than NBN cable! AND likly to be more accessible ultimately than NBN. But the Government has to be stoped NOW to lay anymore cable, or be OUSTED, so no more money is being wasted!

Perth
We can only hope that the Telstra shareholders vote to have no involvement with this black mailing government and the project gets cancelled.

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