Re: "a logorrhea of buzzwords"
The NBN was doomed from the beginning by an incompetent Labor government. Labor went to the 2007 election with the plan to build FTTN but post election, Telstra were uncooperative, which resulted in a series of face saving decisions from Labor.
1. Changed to FTTP overbuilding HFC and ignoring FTTN as an option in rural towns
2. Set an expectation that NBN would be profitable and plans would start at the same price as ADSL
3. Introduced speed tiers to enable a cheaper starting price
4. Steeply discounted initial ARPU which need to rise from $32 to over $100 quickly to meet ROI
5. Spin about eLearning & eHealth when Labor's own Corporate Plan says requires a minimum of 100Mbps.
6. In response to Google Fibre, announcing 1Gbps just prior to the 2010 election and omitting to mention Labor's expectation that in 2026 <1% would be connected at 1Gbps.
7. Expensive decision such as
Labor had several better options:
1. Forcing Telstra to structurally separate, using mobile spectrum as the carrot
2. Forgoing early profits to deliver uncapped speeds
3. Inviting Google to build NBN (1/1Gbps) with financial incentives ($20 billion would have been a bargain)
4. Selling a concession to operate and build each PoI based an analysis of areas of greatest need
Of these the worst mistake was introducing speed tiers. This stupid decision meant that suddenly FTTN, HFC and even 4G were competitive on a speed basis for the 79% opting for 25Mbps or slower.