Yesterday I came across an article in The Age by Dr Nicholas Beaumont, a professor from the Department of Management at Monash University's faculty of Business and Economics.

In the article he suggests "Australia should reverse the ill-judged Telstra privatisation and return monopoly ownership of Australia's telephone networks to public hands" and "FTTN is an unsatisfactory halfway house with serious technical disadvantages". Instead Dr Beaumont suggests "the Federal Government should build and control a FTTH network capable of speeds of at least 100 megabits a second" and "charge a modest annual administration fee of $50-100 but nothing for actual use".

While I believe having the government own the network and it operated by an independant commercial organisation would be a perfect outcome; I dont agree with returning complete control to the government. Government's are best at setting policy and then having the private investment market implement those policies.


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