New survey results indicate support for the NBN outweighs opposition. So where do you stand on the issue?
The thing about statistics is that you can read into them any way you want.
It's with that in mind that we relay today's news that this survey has found that support for the NBN strongly outweighs opposition.
Before NBN supporters nod in approval, a few things to keep in mind - 19% of respondents to the survey said they don't know whether they "favour or oppose" the NBN. And the total number of those who oppose the NBN is 25%, more than it was when the same survey was conducted in late 2010.
Also, it's not a huge sample size - 1042 people took part in the survey, one of the weekly surveys conducted by Your Source for Essential Research. The report also asked questions about the mining tax, private health insurance rebate, and a Federal Election, among other things.
The survey also found survey participants aged 55-64 were most likely to oppose the NBN, though more than half of this age group still supports the planned network.
It's all grist for the ongoing controversy over a topic that, far from fade from the limelight, continues to flame debate. And with only 5,500 premises connected to the NBN so far, it will for some time.
While we've heard from supporters, one of the ongoing threads in discussion on this site is suspicion and disappointment over the location of rollout locations. There's also objections the rollout is not fast enough, claims it will be inefficient, to concerns over the quality of the installation. We've also had people call us to object to overhead wiring.
What tends to get drowned out in the debate, are the NBN supporters. Are you in in favour of the current plan for the NBN and why? You've read the criticisms, now let us know what you think in the comments below.