What's the plural for bullshit?
The answer, at least not in the technical sense, isn't the NBN. The Communications Minister Mitch Fifield seems to think the NBN is actually a vast improvement on the previous iteration, penning an op-ed for the Australian where he described it as a "failed Labor project, flawed in conception and design" that has since been "salvaged".
— Mitch Fifield (@SenatorFifield) April 9, 2019
"The rest of the world, like Australia, had a fibre backbone to its network, but unlike Australia, used a range of technologies for the final connection. Why? Because it was cost effective and faster to do so," the minister wrote, ignoring the bit where fibre installations cost less to rollout over time, as New Zealand telco Chorus showed.
That left out the part where the telco industry is preparing for a writedown of the network that could cost up to $20 billion. Or the bit where over 180,000 FTTN users can't even get 25mbps, which is equivalent to 7.6 percent of all users connected via FTTN. Or the under-reported levels of conversion in the fixed wireless network, where one in ten users on microwave and fibre transmission are getting speeds of less than 6mbps in busy periods.
Naturally, Australian internet did not take the Minister's op-ed well.
I hope people on the street know you helped wreck their country. https://t.co/xjcqlFBTcI
— Tim Jones (@Forthleft2) April 9, 2019
Australia ranks 59th in the world for broadband speeds, just ahead of Kazakhstan but behind Paraguay.
— Rohan MacMahon (@rohmac) April 9, 2019
As if- your "solution" costs twice as much and delivers no minimum speed. The LNP screwed our future... pic.twitter.com/AQgB6Wmb6N
— #21srcenturydialup (@meck01) April 9, 2019
Must have missed that. All I hear are horror stories about slow traffic, poor connectivity, abysmal service & embarrassing comparisons with obscure countries about Internet service. You wrecked the NBN.
— Theresa Hackett (@LadyofWildernes) April 9, 2019
Care to explain to me why your $50+ billion NBN is able to offer me slower speed internet access than what I already have that cost me way more money.
How much further down the list of global internet speeds have we dropped under your government?
— #IStandWithGoodes (@thematador66) April 9, 2019
Seriously? You vandalised an infrastructure plan that would have brought all Aussies together into the future. You wrecked it. You have left people behind. Your NBN is expensive and unreliable. You should be ashamed!
— Lady Marmalade (@LouMiksza) April 9, 2019
— Mark A Gregory (@_markagregory) April 9, 2019
— Denise C (@SpudBenBean) April 10, 2019
— Michael Wyres (@mwyres) April 10, 2019
Others replied by highlighting the quality of their service or installations.
— Mark Gambino ???? (@timewaster2000) April 10, 2019
— Simon Rosenberg (@simon_rosenberg) April 9, 2019
— Angel Ioannou (@Angelioannou) April 9, 2019
— Dr Liz Allen (@DrDemography) April 9, 2019
Celebrations for the NBN's 10-year anniversary arrived not long after the government passed laws that would fine and impose jail terms on social media companies and their executives if they failed to remove abhorrent content within a reasonable time frame. The ABC revealed on Friday that social media companies were consulted about the legislation after it was passed.