One third of NBN users wish it had never happened

One third of NBN users wish it had never happened, by David Swan.

More than one third of NBN users wish it had never happened, according to new research released today.

A survey of 958 Australians on the NBN found 34 per cent would revert to their pre-NBN service if they had the option, with the leading reason being their previous connection was faster or more reliable.

Other reasons cited were the previous service was better value overall, or cheaper. …

The Australian reported last month more than 480 of NBN Co’s staff are on $200,000-plus salaries, and 120 earn more than $300,000, as complaints about the network surge.

Recap: I was wrong on NBN: It’s a turkey, by Alan Kohler.

Unhappily, Australia’s national broadband network is a white elephant and, to mix metaphors, an albatross around the nation’s neck.

I say this by way of mea culpa: your correspondent was an enthusiastic supporter of it in the early days. I thought the fibre-to-the-home plan was a piece of courageous and visionary policymaking all too rare in Australia, and booed what I thought was the Coalition’s penny-pinching, politically motivated decision to cut it back to fibre-to-the-node.

It’s now clear that my colleague Stephen Bartholomeusz was right all along: the thing is a dud, a donkey, a pasty pachyderm, and it would have been much worse if the original FTTH plan had gone ahead.

We weren’t blogging at the time, but we figured that spending $5,000 per household of tax-payer money to build a network — that would otherwise happen by market forces under the usual $100 per month plans that most people have — was just insane. Why bother?

Complete waste of money. But catnip to big-government types like the Australian PM at the time, Labor’s Kevin Rudd, who wanted to show how big government was splendid at big projects. Fail.