"Telstra’s plan to split into three entities is the most radical
shake-up of Australia’s largest telecommunications company since the
Howard government began privatising it in 1997.
But as David Hetherington, a senior fellow at progressive think tank Per
Capita, has suggested, it comes 23 years too late.
In privatising a public monopoly – controlling the copper wires and
other infrastructure – the Howard government created a perfect storm for
imperfect competition. It meant Telsta competed against other telcos to
which it provided critical infrastructure services – hardly an ideal
With the politicised and botched roll-out of the National Broadband
Network, the market has become even murkier."
Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure was mishandled by
neoliberal politicians at every opportunity.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics