I noted a couple of posts ago that on present costing, the price of the National Broadband Netwreck would be about $6000 per Australian household.
Everyone will pay for that through increased taxes, whether they use it or not. And that’s assuming (ha, ha, ha) that costs do not increase.
According to some experts, the planned $43 billion may end up being $8o billion, which brings the cost up to about $12,000 per household.
But even this is not the total price. I had overlooked the cost – anywhere between $750 and $3000 – of getting access points installed in the home.
So the total cost of the NBN could be anywhere up to $15,000 per household. And that’s before any monthly fees.
This is madness. $15,000 for an internet connection?
No wonder the Labor party doesn’t want a business plan prepared.
How many dams, power stations, hospitals could be built with that money?
Stephen Conroy dismissed a prediction that as few as 16% of homes in Tasmania would take advantage of the NBN.
The take-up rate in Tasmania is effectively zero. So far a total of 70 homes connected.
“A total of 70 customers have been signed up in Tasmania under the three brands – so that’s not 70 each but a total of 70 between iiNet, Internode and Primus,” he said. “Demand from our point of view is zero.”
“We’re not getting people calling us up to sign up. We’ve got the customers that we have on there by calling them. We’re identifying customers that are on our footprint, looking at those who’ll be better off with NBN products, so where they are going to get a higher speed at the same or more quota for the same price… we haven’t had any cases of people calling us up saying ‘I need to move across now; what do I have to do?’ It’s actually been driven by us.”