It may be the case the Labor Shadow Communications Minister Michelle took the air out of any possible debate about the network, by announcing on 9 April, two days before the poll was called, her party's NBN policy in the event that it was elected.
If truth be told, with the network rollout scheduled to be done and dusted by mid-2020, there isn't a great deal that can be done to improve the miserable lot of the denizens of this land as far as speed and technical issues are concerned.
Given that, Rowland said there would be a review of the economics of the NBN, and also specified a few other initiatives, chief of which was money to look at the wiring in households which are on fibre-to-the-node, as this could affect performance.
In a statement, he said: "Labor’s NBN policy released today [Tuesday] is the final admission the Coalition’s plan to use a range of technologies to see NBN completed six to eight years sooner, and at $30 billion dollars less cost than Labor has worked. Labor’s NBN policy amounts to no more than a trial and a review."
But exactly what Fifield will do if he finds himself back in the same portfolio after 18 May is unknown.
iTWire contacted his media people, the very same ones who sent us his reaction to the Labor plan, but we are yet to hear back though much time has elapsed since the query was made.
For the good people of Australia, all of whom need the Internet, be it for amusement, work or just wasting time, it means several years more of torture as we wait, often, for audio and video to sync in order that we can watch that most ubiquitous of things, a video on YouTube.
The screenshot above was taken after that simple task proved impossible on 3 May as this writer tried to amuse himself after a week of hard work. And those throughput figures are derived on wireless from a 100/40 connection from a provider who does have a decent reputation.
One shudders to think what it must be like on FttN.
The fact that there seems to be a lull in talk about the NBN is a rather depressing thing; are we condemned to this kind of bandwidth until 2022, when everybody has been given the necessary time to connect and it is time to embark on the next step?
Or is there a next step? Will it simply be a case of "pay if you want fibre to your doorstep or manage with what you have", told to us by a government that claims there is no more money for broadband?
This, when Australia, one of the richer countries on this planet, can blow $50 billion on submarines (whom do we plan to fight?) and $35 billion on F35 fighters (again, whom are we going to fight?) without bothering to ensure that its citizens have to remain in the digital wilderness.
It's coming to the time, at least for this writer, to seriously think of moving across the ditch.