I guess I'd make more sense if I explained why I think NBN (or something like it) is strategically important. In my opinion the world economy will change dramatically over the coming few decades, and a new economy will develop as an extension of the current digital economy, and the fast global network will be at the heart of it. This new first tier will be transnational. It will become the case that individual communities can participate in the new first tier economy, because they have a good enough network to qualify, but the lack of a good enough network will be sufficient to disqualify any given community from participating. But, nations that mobilise their technology en masse will have enormous advantages, due to their economic power as nations. I want Australia to be in the new first tier as a nation. Otherwise, the damage to our society would be severe, with an American style wealth gap, or worse, developing. I think it would be the end for regional Australia if that were to happen. I know this all sounds pie-in-the-sky, when most people are just talking about streaming porn, but I'm in a company that is developing products now for fast broadband. Our long-term projects are intended purely for businesses (they are to do with remote automation) but I talk with people who are developing the consumer equivalents. In a decade, without a world-class network, Australians could start to face restrictions on what computers and kitchen appliances they can buy, and once that starts to happen, it will be hard to stop.