So the pollies in Australia line up to see who’s broadband policy will get the most votes. The Labor opposition tells us that fibre-to-the-node nationwide is the best option for $5bn over the next 5-6 years while incumbent Libs offer nirvana in hybrid – fibre for the towns and wi-fi for the bush in just two years and $2bn.
Both policies work out at $1bn per annum and you’d expect the compromise package from the sitting government will need to be extended beyond the two year frame.
The big issue, however, is not stunts for winning votes but ensuring the competitive edge which technology can give our cities. Forget the bush, it’s what is happening in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that really counts. Has either party created scenarios for the global future of our major conurbations before offering solutions?