The sad reality is unrelated to the NBN per se, it is related to the fact we have a centre right political party and a right political party as the viable alternatives. I really like independents, but that is not the topic.
With what we have to chose from, each worships free market capitalism, American style. Historically one will always find exceptions but this is a general, cultural statement; the US governments do not nor have owned infrastructure with the exception of building certain roads as well as their interstate highway system. The networks are private enterprise as are utilities and healthcare.
As we blindly follow along where government wants to take us, it is the same direction the Americans have gone. What has to be good for a country of 330 million must be good for us with 25 million, distributed across the same area as those 330 million.
I fear without a major political shake-up it will not end any differently than the US where it is all dog eat dog private enterprise, I’m all right so what is your problem? Once the NBN is sold off to private enterprise only then can anything different happen to what we see, because the coalition is welded onto doing the wrong thing to sell it off at all costs, and the ALP could not politically survive stopping it in place and starting again because of Tony Abbott style attacks.
If private enterprise decides to fix it, we will pay again and forever as that is what business is about.