By Stephen King
The real message of the cost-benefit analysis is that we need to stop the current NBN process outside the existing fixed-line regions and have a real debate on how we best provide services to rural and regional Australia and how we fund those services.
Table G1 of the cost-benefit study shows that having explicit government funding for internet in rural areas or incentives to back up private investment would bring Australia in line with a range of other countries, from Europe to the US to Asia.
The 7 per cent that miss out under the unsubsidised rollout are outside the current fixed line footprint; about 700,000 premises in rural and regional Australia.
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