The Abbott government's "independent cost-benefit analysis" of the NBN has clearly failed to settle the debate about Australia's broadband future, with politicians and industry rounding on the report for bias and questioning its conclusions.

One of the report's obvious eyebrow-raisers is its assumption regarding low growth in consumer demand for broadband, as Stilgherrian discussed yesterday. There's not much wiggle room in the costs of either approach, so in order to get the desired (if not preordained) finding that Labor's fibre plan is too costly, some other assumptions had to be made. They appear to heavily discount the benefits of connectivity for Australia.