We haven’t had a whack at the NBN in, gee, it must be a couple of weeks.
Gillard’s latest contribution in the OZ today is a good excuse to get back to it.
“A government-commissioned report by Greenhill Caliburn, released on Monday, warned that the booming growth of wireless broadband could have “significant long-term implications” for the NBN Co’s fibre network, which, it is planned, will connect 93 per cent of the nation.”
No way, says Gillard.
“These are complementary technologies and I believe people can understand that from their own daily lives,” Ms Gillard said yesterday. “There are times when we want to be on the move and have the technology with us. There are times when we’re in our own homes where the quality and speed of downloads is pivotal.”
If she is this good at forecasting technologies and customer use of them over 30 years (or whatever the life of the NBN has to be) she is in the wrong job. She could make squillions in VC. But of course, she isn’t.
It is frightening how ignorant and arrogant our politicians are on matters of technology. Not only Gillard – they all do it.
A simple rule, that just about everyone in business understands –
When technological change is rapid and the direction uncertain, don’t make decisions that depend on you being able accurately to forecast the future a long way ahead.