Tis the season to take out the trash. It’s that time of year when government and businesses like to slide out all that awkward news and hope that we all won’t notice in our festive cheer, or on our summer holidays. First up: NBN has today announced it will pay Telstra around $80 million to fix the copper network and make the HFC network NBN ready. That’s the same network NBN has already agreed to buy from Telstra for $11 billion. Now why would NBN leave this until four days before Christmas to announce it? Perhaps because the company did not get a true gauge of the state of the copper network during its renegotiations over the $11 billion deal, but now deciding to pay Telstra $80 million to fix up what it wouldn’t fix up while it still owned the network isn’t the best look.

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