Broadband comparison website Compare Broadband asked visitors 'Does wireless 4G technology pose a threat to the NBN?'
Out of 325 total votes, 59% said 'No, Australia needs both technologies,' while 40% said 'Yes, I would prefer to use wireless 4G in the future'.
The way this was spun in a subsequent release of the poll results by the site was:
"The faster broadband speeds offered by wireless 4G networks do not pose a threat to the National Broadband Network (NBN) as both technologies are needed."
However, if 40% of broadband users were exclusively 4G wireless, this would be a disaster for the NBN - NBN Co and the Government maintain that the percentage of exclusively wireless users will only be in the low teens at best.
Telstra announced in February that it will begin rolling out its LTE 4G mobile network using the 1800MHz spectrum before the end of 2011. The dominant telco has also noted that rolling out LTE will ease the pressure on its already popular existing 3G HSPA+ network, which is once again being upgraded from a theoretical maximum of 42Mbps to 84Mbps.
Telstra's plan is to allow LTE users to roam freely between the two networks.
NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley is on the record as saying wireless 4G is no threat to the NBN because "the two technologies complement each other". Mr Quigley and others also point out that LTE towers will need to be connected by fibre.
However, the issue for NBN opponents is not whether fibre is needed for the heavy duty data communications work but whether it is needed to go past the homes of 93% of the population.
The issue for NBN proponents is not whether a clear majority want NBN fibre to their homes but whether they can sell NBN access to at least 70% of the population. If 40% of broadband users feel that going exclusively wireless suits their needs, then the NBN Co would have a big financial headache.