probably correct for the consumer market, until some overseas shipping vessel tears it up with an anchor most towns have DSL services, just take a look at the telstra wholesale website DSL availability reports. DSLAM back-haul isn't the issue, there is a large amount of people who live too far from an dslam to even get adsl. The NBN was proposed by previous governments and actioned by the present government, this was when the previous leader was at the helm, it's hardly a vote grab, it's a necessity for homes / business / service delivery. why do we need the NBN, take a look at this: http://www.fanden.com.au/phone_fax_line_problems_may2006.htm I don't know about you, but if you were in that position I bet you wouldn't have made such a moronic post, stop thinking about how this affects you and start considering the impact to others. don't get me started on CBD HF noise causing retrains of G.703 (SHDSL) tails, there goes 30 active voice calls, thanks for calling. stop thinking 1999, an infrastructure deployment is about catering to the needs of society in 10+ years, not today's tech, when investing in a national infrastructure project of this magnitude, you want flexibility. It's people like you holding this great country back.