Mike Quigley lecture on NBN creates a stir before federal election

Last night Mike Quigley delivered a lecture titled NBN: From 2009 to 2016 and Beyond in an event hosted by the Melbourne Networked Society Institute and the Telecommunications Society of Australia (TelSoc). Mr Quigley was the first ever employee of NBN Co and its CEO from its inception to his retirement in September 2013, giving him a unique expert perspective on Australia's broadband network options.

In his talk, Mr Quigley presented an NBN history coloured by political interference. He praised the talent within NBN Co both past and present, and told of the struggles and hurdles in place for any group attempting a large-scale technical deployment.

At every step, Mr Quigley backed his claims with figures and charts. His talk was delivered with blatant honesty and he readily answered questions from audience in the room and online. Many viewers joined the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NBNfuture, where you can still find a fascinating mix of reporting and comments.

The full broadcast of this lecture can still be viewed on Periscope until 6pm tonight. 

Mr. Quigley's extended lecture notes and slides can be found here.

The lecture will also feature in the inaugural episode of the MNSI Public Lectures podcast. You can also follow the MNSI YouTube channel for more public lectures and videos.

Further reading

Ex-NBN chief Quigley questions Turnbull's 'bet' on old copper by Supratim Adhikari for The Australian

Former NBN chief intervenes in election to slam Coalitions's broadband plan by Peter Dinham for iTWire

'Short-sighted, expensive and backward-looking': ex-NBN boss slams Turnbull's plan by Matthew Knott for The Age

Not too late to change NBN's direction, NBN Co first CEO says by Rohan Pearce for Computerworld

The NBN's first boss just let rip at Malcolm Turnbull's broadband plan by Simon Thomsen for Business Insider Australia

The Coalition's internet policy has been slammed as a 'colossal mistake' by Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson for The Mercury

NBN shift to FttN a 'colossal mistake' that will burden Australia: Former NBN CEO by Chris Duckett for ZDNet

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