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What Happened With The NBN This Week?

This week: Turbull sought conspirators, Abbot may have praised the NBN and Western Sydney got switched on.

• It’s not news that the coalition’s not a big fan of the NBN. Malcolm Turnbull took an interesting tangent on the NBN front, declaring that Google is an ‘conspirator against the taxpayer’ because the company had praised the NBN.[ZDNet]

• Tony Abbott, meanwhile, was accused of supporting the NBN, based on comments he made to a Mount Isa newspaper. [SMH]

• The structural separation of Telstra (a pre-NBN prerequisite) was criticised by Telstra’s competitors in a submission to the ACCC. [ITWire]

• Optus is one of those competitors, and it found itself in the spotlight surrounding allegations around its undertaking to the NBN relating to anti-disparagement provisions in its own NBN agreeements. [ITWire]

• Newly built homes in the Western Sydney suburb of Doonside were connected up to the NBN. [ZDNet]

• Internode started delivering FetchTV services via the NBN. [Smarthouse]

• NBN CEO Mike Quigley stated that the construction contracts for the Northern Territory and South Australia would be announced in the next few weeks. [ZDNet]

• A hiccup in the telemedicine world, as NBN chief Mike Quigley admitted that the very slowest plans (which are more likely to be popular with low-income households) wouldn’t be capable of HD broadcasts. [The Australian]

• The ACCC is objecting to a court decision about who can buy the Franklins supermarket chain. The NBN connection? If it stands, the ruling might influence a decision on the planned merger of Foxtel and AUSTAR, an issue which is being dominated by NBN considerations. [Lifehacker]

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