Why does the NBN suck? Well…

The government’s objective for the national broadband network was not to give Australians a world-class internet with speeds and prices equivalent or better than the rest of the world, which in turn would provide the country with infrastructure that would set us up for the next 100 years.

As the NBN’s own corporate plan puts it, “nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at least cost”.

But what is fast? Well, [Communications Minister] Fifield made it clear that it was 25Mps, as that was the speed recommended to download Netflix. … When your objective is only to provide everyone with an internet that allows them to download Netflix, then that is what you deliver. …

If your objective is an internet that is good enough to download Netflix in 2018, you can ignore what the requirements will be in 10, 20 or 50 years’ time…