"There's another announcement coming," Stephen Conroy casually noted while answering questions with the Prime Minister and Minister Wong about the $11 billion NBN-Telstra deal. It was coming quicker than expected, because Conroy nipped from the Prime Minister's courtyard around the corner to the Blue Room, where ministerial media conferences are held, and joined Wayne Swan to announce the NBN-Optus deal, an $800 million plan to migrate Optus fixed-line customers to the NBN.

As Conroy noted at the prime ministerial presser, this makes the issue of NBN take-up -- one of the many confected issues hurled by opponents at the NBN -- entirely moot. People will be swapped from the decaying, increasingly costly copper network (despite of the magical broadband properties some economists appear to think it has) to fibre, or they can choose to go mobile.