Malcolm Turnbull jumps on NBN OECD report bandwagon

Echoes concerns around diminished telco competition, cost-effectiveness of the NBN

Shadow communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has wasted no time jumping on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) report which claims the National Broadband Network (NBN) could diminish competition in the Australian telecommunications sector.

In a blog post, Turnbull claimed he had similar concerns to the international organisation around the $43 billion broadband network.

“The OECD also shares the concern of the Opposition that the creation of a new government owned telecommunications fixed line monopoly will be anti-competitive,” the blog post read.

The report claims that the establishment of the NBN would create a monopoly in the telecommunications sector, and may not be a cost effective broadband solution.

Turnbull said that while it was unusual for the OECD to criticise political decisions, it did so in its report.

“It is unusual because the OECD rarely criticises domestic policies,” Turnbull said. “…This is in no doubt in large measure due to the fact that the Treasury of the country being written up provides considerable assistance to the OECD in preparing their survey.”

As reported by Computerworld Australia, the OECD has also flagged a greater role for ISPs to play in combating botnets, noting ISPs are important control points in the ongoing effort to control spam and botnets.

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