I’m personally quite terrible at radio (talk too fast), and am also very new to this so apologies if I’m cautious at first! I can recommend Mark Gregory though as basically an authority on all things NBN for anything that needs fact checking, and to provide a face for the issue. He’s an academic at my old univeristy (RMIT Melbourne) and has frequently been very vocal on this topic.
The pad is a good idea, I haven’t had a chance to put anything into it yet but this is definitely the week to go hard on NBN, I noticed Turnbull has just taken a full frontal approach by blaming Labor.
To refute the points he makes in this article:
- he says Labor stuffed it up by incorporating instead of using the NZ approach, however Labor did attempt the NZ approach multiple times (by putting out those tenders) and Telstra refused to come to the table
- Turnbull praises NZ for separating wholesale and retail, when it was John Howard who sold Telstra without separating them
- The NBN was originally not political, with non partisan experts from Europe, who were replaced the second Turnbull got in
- The figures he gives (6 years longer and $30bn more) have never been indepedently endorsed, in fact NZ has got the FTTP installation figure down below FTTN (article from 18 months ago: https://delimiter.com.au/2016/03/09/nz-brings-fttp-costs-fttn-levels/)
- The LNP could have scrapped the NBN if it was such a bad idea at the time, instead of wholeheartedly endorsing the FTTN approach as viable and desirable
To reframe the discussion!
- The NBN was about faster upload speeds for small business. Moving to copper dashed that idea
- The NBN was about reliability. But the unreliable copper was kept
- The NBN was going to make a profit. But copper has a much higher operational expenditure due to complexity and maintenance requirements. This is the most devastating point, that the party who prides itself on business issues could mess up the business case so badly, getting flanked by TPG who have done a large fibre deploy (and are now getting hit with a fixed line tariff to try to even the playing field)
As you suggested I could gather links to existing articles into that pad and we push them on social media all week long. I can also write articles if it helps (although it takes a while to source/verify all of the figures)
I’ll try to think of some catchy slogans/posters for consideration, we need to turn the outrage into action, either by getting more people into PP as a result or encouraging them to educate themselves on the issue