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What hap­pens now? Is the NBP scup­pered?

De­spite the sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems, it seems po­lit­i­cally unimag­in­able that the Na­tional Broad­band Plan would be scrapped out­right. With 540,000 ru­ral homes in the mix, the stakes are sim­ply too high. A re­turn to the draw­ing board could set ru­ral broad­band ac­cess back sev­eral years, which would be a disas­ter for up to 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple. So de­spite all the dif­fi­cul­ties, it still seems more likely that some form of sub­sidised ru­ral broad­band scheme will be pur­sued.

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