The Coalition Government plans for a fibre-to-the-node version of the National Broadband Network (NBN) relies on using the existing copper network to deliver the final connection. We've looked before at some of the technical challenges that poses. At the ABC, Nick Ross has a detailed examination of the issues currently facing the Telstra-owned copper network.
Picture: Can Of Worms
It's a lengthy read, but interesting if you want insights into issues that are already being experienced with the network. How easily those issues can be remedied will be a major challenge for the Coalition to make good on its promise to deliver the first stage of its NBN vision by 2016 (though one imagines the board resigning won't help that process either).