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Dec 13, 2016

NBN tax paves way for privatisation

We might not have to wait for Wyatt Roy's prime ministership for the NBN to be sold.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor


The government’s decision to make people in suburban areas pay a tax so people in regional areas can have the NBN is likely a signal that it is preparing to sell the network.

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12 thoughts on “NBN tax paves way for privatisation

  1. Petra Raptor

    Is not the tax only on middle sized ISPs?

    1. Josh Taylor

      2,000 lines or more. So middle to large. Think of it as the TPG tax, but will end up covering a lot of businesses.

  2. bjb

    The NBN is f’ed. No one is going to buy the mish-mash of expensive to maintain technologies Turnbull has inflicted on us. The lucky ones will get built over by the likes of TPG, while everyone else will be stuck, probably for decades to come, with unreliable and slow internet – exactly what Labor’s “full fttp” plan sought to solve.
    Turnbull’s legacy will be written in his failed MTM model and lack of action on climate change. Probably Australia’s most expensive dud of a politician ever.

  3. paddy

    Every time I think the LNP couldn’t trash the NBN even more, they surprise me.
    More fool me I guess.
    But hell, I really liked Labor’s original plan for universal coverage and was actually quite inspired by the thought that a Govt could build something really useful.
    Now we’re simply left with a dreadful, ideologically driven mess.

  4. old greybearded one

    So once again the regions that the coalition claims to represent get dudded. live in Eden Monaro full NBN, live 8km out of the centre in Dubbo, nothing. 7 dollars a month??? I pay more than that for a Gig of data.

  5. Dog's Breakfast

    Oh for crying out loud, could we at least build the bloody thing before we sell it.

    Morons! In fact, the word doesn’t do this justice.

    1. bjb

      Dog – it’s actually going 100% according to plan – Tony Abbott tasked Malcolm Turnbull with “destroying the NBN”, which he has duly done. As per my comment above, the half-arsed version of an NBN is worth squat – you can be sure that it will be sold to Telstra, for a knock down price, which will continue to be vertically integrated monopoly, allowing the LNP to simultaneously claim (a) the NBN was a waste of money to begin with and (b) it was all Labor’s fault.
      As a Telstra shareholder, probably a good result for me, but as I also pointed out above, probably the biggest failure in public policy in Australia’s history.

    2. Draco Houston

      It’s so dumb, so many people don’t even have the damn thing. I’m starting to think it is never coming.

  6. grimace

    Why is the mainstream media not howling long and loud about this blatant example of privatising gains and socialising losses? Don’t answer that, I already know…

    The profitable part will be flogged off for a song resulting in a private operator enjoying monopoly profits for decades (and no doubt taking all manner of measures to eliminate their tax) while the long suffering taxpayer will foot the bill for the unprofitable services, giving the Daily Terror et al a platform to periodically scream ROTERS, BLUDGERS & LEANERS etc forever more.

    Undoubtedly at some point the private operator will hit the taxpayer up for a subsidy upgrade the network to full FTTP which will be needed due to their gross neglect of the network due to lack of maintenance and as a result of technological advance.

  7. zut alors

    It appears the only savvy decisions Turnbull ever made re the communications industry were when he personally bought, then sold, a stake in Ozemail.

    Since then he has demonstrated the reverse-Midas effect.

  8. graybul

    No matter how one cuts Malcom’s NBN folly; the end result is a disaster. For all the poor souls still waiting months without a service; extending nationally to all taxpayers who will at some point in the not too distant future again be required to stump up monies for a re-engineered world competitive HIGH SPEED broadband network replacing that which NBN currently struggles to build.

    For the life of me cannot decide which of the two Abbott/Turnbull Government(s) albatross disasters bequeathed to our Nation is worse; F35’s or NBN?? Both threaten are future security.

  9. klewso

    “We pay to build – your Limited News Party sells, to pork-barrel.”