At some point in the last 15 years, access to television became an Australian human right that no government could afford to let go unprotected. The Howard government launched a television black spots program funded by the sale of Telstra, to help everyone who couldn’t get analog TV reception to get it. That cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

More recently the Rudd government launched a satellite-based regional black spots program for analog switch-off. That’s another $160 million.