Broadband When There is a Moat Around Your State

Here in Tasmania I'm looking forward to, hopefully, soon having my home connected to the fibre-to-the-home Australian National Broadband Network (NBN). However, despite Tasmania being the first state in Australia to receive NBN services, and possibly the only one that will be fully connected given the upcoming federal election, a report in today's Sydney Morning Herald identifies that premises getting fibre alone won't provide much opportunity unless getting internet traffic in and out of our island state is also addressed:

NBN Co has PoIs in Hobart and Launceston, but there are only two means of getting traffic to these: fibre-optic cables across Bass Strait owned by Telstra and Basslink. Service providers say the prices charged are prohibitive.