There are widespread media reports this morning, including by the ABC, that Morrow told the committee yesterday “we killed it”, basing the decision on economic grounds.
According to the ABC report, Morrow said consistently achieving 100Mbps would cost "billions and billions of dollars" — a taxpayer spend he described as "outrageous".
"The economics … [start] to actually break apart to a point where it doesn't make any sense," Morrow is reported to have said.
Morrow is reported to have defended the backflip, commenting that "there's not mass-market demand for 100 [Mbps] services".
He told the Senate Estimates that more than 230,000 households were currently NBN fixed wireless customers and the cost to date of rolling out towers was $2 billion.