At this month’s Commsday Summit in Melbourne, Internode managing director Simon Hackett warned of “three elephants” that threaten to shake up effectiveness of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

“The first elephant in the room is the 121 points of interconnect,” he said. “From my point of view – unless you’re Telstra – 121 points of interconnect is a bad thing. All overhead costs rise from 14X to 121X – whatever X is. Also, when these PoIs are distributed from 14 to 121, it arguably reduces the reliability of the network to major failure on the point of the interconnect.”

The other two elephants in the room are:

  1. that Telstra retains ownership of the copper wires in the ground that it is being paid to turn off for the NBN and
  2. the Telstra Structural Separation Undertaking.

In the following 21-minute video of his Commsday presentation, Simon Hackett’s identifies some of the competition0related challenges that exist around the NBN. In Simon's view, these challenges focus in practice on actions that the ACCC should be taking in order to safeguard and augment the Long Term Interests of End Users.  The following video of Simon's presentation runs for about 21 minutes.

Simon Hackett(This post is based on a piece first published in Business Spectator).

In a recent online article (, Senator Conroy took on his critics regarding the current Australian Government mandatory Internet censorship policy.

I feel that its important to highlight some of his statements, and then provide some analysis of each of them.

I’ll quote from the opinion piece, and respond to each quotation, in turn:

Simon  HackettAt last, 2010 is the year of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) for Australia – due to the convergence of on-demand video content and fast network access.

After years of threatening to arrive, IPTV is now an inevitable event with many players lining up to give Foxtel a run for its money with broadband-based alternatives. Consumers will win due to increased commercial access to legal, Video on Demand (VoD) content in Australia.