MEDIA RELEASE - Still no nbn policy from Labor … but more careless Clare mistakes
5 April 2016
had an opportunity at a major telecommunications industry event to reveal its
As the run up
to Labor’s looming policy backflip continues, Labor is making preparations to
abandon an all-fibre rollout and use the existing copper network, in a carbon
copy of the Coalition’s multi technology mix policy.
existing broadband policy allows the nbn to determine the technology it
will use to deliver fast broadband to every Australian, within the set rollout
timeframe of 2020.This includes using new technologies such as FTTdp and skinny
fibre where cost-effective.
Under the former
Labor Government, the taxpayer picked up the $6 billion bill for a mandated
gold-plated network and an incredibly slow rollout that saw just 51,000 users
Labor’s been lazy on nbn policy development, and careless with the facts. This
includes even basic facts about broadband technology.
FACT – The Coalition policy has always given nbn
flexibility in network and technology design decisions as long as the economics
stack up. A trial undertaken by the nbn reported that FTTdp would be at
least 25% more expensive than the average cost per premises for
FACT – Under the Coalition, nbn has met or
exceeded financial and rollout targets for seven consecutive quarters.
outlined the Government's nbn business model structured to delivering better
broadband at affordable prices to every household by 2020 and our
forward-looking agenda for wider industry reform.
Labor is all
talk and no action – 30 months in Opposition and still no telecommunications
plan or even an nbn policy.
The choice is
clear, only the Coalition will deliver fast, affordable nbn broadband sooner
to all Australians.