By Malcolm Turnbull – [Australia] This latest back down should finally put to bed NBN Co CEO Michael Quigley’s claims that a government-run communications monopoly will somehow be friendlier and more civic-minded than private sector firms.
According to Mr Quigley, the National Broadband Network serves a higher purpose than simply maximizing financial returns. Yet the aggressive nature of the SAU terms that NBN Co has asked the ACCC to rubber stamp is virtually without precedent, as noted by business journalist John Durie:
- No NBN fate but what NBN Co makes (theneteconomy.wordpress.com)
- Govt to pay ISPs for NBN voice migration (theneteconomy.wordpress.com)
- NBN to alter access terms to telcos (bigpondnews.com)
- No one will buy an incomplete NBN: Quigley (news.theage.com.au)
- Turnbull tells NBN Co’s CEO he should back down, Stephanie McDonald, Computerworld
- External concern has implications for NBN Co, Lucy Battersby, smh.com.au