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.