Working with video means we transport GBs of data a day over our internet. The future of the NBN is damned important to us – especially those fast upload speeds. Sending a client a video draft can take ages…sending them 6 drafts can be excruciating. iiNet and AAPT have come out in support of the Coalition’s NBN plan, one that takes away our beautiful speed and our precious upload/download equalisation. Well, those two businesses sort of support it: their finance teams, that is. From iiNet’s CFO David Buckingham, “the technology lovers love the Labor version but the accountants like myself … like the idea of the faster rollout and hopefully a lower cost because that’s how we can differentiate. So as a CFO I’m looking forward to the lower cost base and the faster rollout.”
Key difference here is the tech vs the cost. The argument is that that speed is worth waiting for, because the Coalition plan will rapidly be out of date and leave us as frustrated as we are now. The article shows the contrast between the needs of society and business. It’s particularly ironic given the performance factors these telcos advertise. The debate also demonstrates the hurdles we have to jump to be innovative (spoiler: it’s money).