The man who wanted to be Speaker proves once again his isolation from reality. In signalling his intention to vote against Malcolm Turnbull’s Bill to force a cost-benefit analysis of the NBN on the Government, Oakeshott said:
getting away from dial-up and getting a more reliable and affordable broadband service in regional Australia
We don’t need the NBN to get away from dial-up. According to the June 2010 release of ABS 8153.0 (Internet activity Australia), 8 per cent of subscribers use dial-up and 92 per cent of subscribers use broadband, such as DSL, satellite, cable, fibre, and wireless.
In June 2006, the proportion using dial-up was 46 per cent.
What planet does this man live on? If anything, the NBN will slow the inevitable demise of dial up. As I’ve noted previously, my internet connection (3G) is slower than I would prefer because my exchange won’t be upgraded by Telstra to allow ADSL / ADSL2 because of the NBN.
It seems he wants the NBN and a waste dump.