In the last few months I have become increasingly fascinated with the political aspects of the emergence of new infrastructures, be it communications, rail, road, electricity, etc. We know that a lot of the debate we see today about the need for a better infrastructure in telecoms happened yesterday about these other infrastructure networks. I seem to remember reading about some views in the early days of electricity that while public lighting might be considered good, lighting in the homes was a luxury that shouldn't be financed with public money.
Nowhere is this political question as acute as it is in Australia, in part because nowhere has the government been as bold in its plans as in Australia. The opposition there has vowed to ditch the NBN plans should they come into power. Last week I was pointed to a speech by Australian MP Ed Husic on the stance of the opposition on this issue. I have no idea what his political leaning is, but his speech is passionate and full of common sense. It's a good read too. Check it out!