Is that cause for celebration or mourning? Many Australians who give up their ADSL connections and switch to the NBN often regret doing so because the new connection proves about as bad or even worse than the old one.
Add to that the difficulty of getting various devices that were operating on the old system to work as they should.
The NBN Co can break out the champagne if it so wishes. One question that haunts me is: what is the next step? Are we stuck with this horrible mess of copper and fibre?
The minister who is tasked with the communications portfolio, Paul Fletcher, a former Optus executive, was on the record on Monday claiming that the importance of fast, affordable broadband delivered quickly has never been clearer than during the ongoing epidemic.
Is he talking about the NBN. If so, why is he using adjectives like "fast" and "affordable"?
The best (theoretical) speed that most users can get is 100Mbps. You'd have to wish on a couple of four-leafed clovers for that.
Is that what Fletcher considers fast? If so, we are doomed, for the likelihood of any improvement appears to be close to zero.
Is $99 a month considered affordable for a 100Mbps connection? (That's what I pay). One of the major reasons for people taking slower connections has been the cost – so how can Fletcher claim that the upper end of the available spectrum is affordable?
If the NBN is such a work of art, why is Aussie Broadband rolling out its own fibre network? Why is the state of NSW doing something similar?
I suspect that if Fletcher stopped patting people on the backs for rolling out this wreck of a network, he might have a little more time to apply his mind to fixing the mess that exists.