And IA executive chairman Anne Hurley says it is time for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to consider the issue in light of "a growing number of state governments expressing their concerns about the impact of the project on their state's economic development”.
Hurley also repeated IA’s call that Australia needs to take the inevitable step and abandon FttN now, while the country is in the middle of an election cycle.
Referring to industry calls for a financial writedown of the NBN and increasing media attention on the flaws in the current strategy, Hurley said that she saw no future in a continuation of the polarised debate that has continued while Australia falls behind the rest of the developed world.
"The time has come for both sides to step back, to apply some common sense, and recognise that the current strategy does not have support among the general public,” Hurley said.
“We believe that a full-fibre NBN is inevitable. The question now is how much money is spent on a technology, FttN, which will need to be replaced at great additional cost. We back FTTdp simply because it is capable of being upgraded at a future date in order to keep pace with the rest of the world, which is turning away from FttN."
Hurley noted that there are new technologies coming on stream that were not available when Labor launched the NBN back in 2009 or when the Coalition adopted its model.
"The drums are beating. It's time for a national reflection on how we fix the NBN."