NBN 'breathtaking'

Larry Smarr, one of the early pioneers of the Internet, says:
the Rudd Government's announcement last month of a new broadband network is "breathtaking" and puts Australia at the forefront of government policy around the world embracing "intelligent infrastructure".
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Given the criticism of the project from many on the conservative side of politics, this will be welcome news for the government. The NBN represents a significant change in Australian communications policy, although it maintains the historical role of the government in controlling communications infrastructure centrally. The bold move certainly puts Australia into the 'world leader' category for the first time in a very long time.

But how we manage the many changes in government, business and society the NBN will no doubt usher in remains to be seen. Chairman of the ACS, Kumar Parakala, makes some valid points on some of the pending issues here.