Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Internet as slow as a snail on Malcolm Turnbull's second rate NBN

Malcolm Turnbull promised that all Australians would have access to his second rate NBN by the end of 2016 – that was a lie.

However, it seems the real victims might be the people that actually have been connected to Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN after revelations that the copper NBN is as slow as a snail during peak periods.

In the first areas connected to Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN electorate offices are receiving dozens of complaints from people complaining that they are now getting slower internet speeds than they were getting with ADSL.

Here are just a few examples:

Mr Taylor of Gorokan on the Central Coast of New South Wales says:

“At night, the new FTTN NBN service is now considerably slower than my previous ADSL service….the significant reduction in speed is unacceptable, I need fast internet for work.”

Mr Gratton from Newcastle says:

“It almost makes me pine for the ADSL2+ connection…I sincerely hope that the farce that NBN roll-out has become will end soon.”

Mr Bell, of Belmont North near Lake Macquarie, New South Wales lays the blame squarely at the feet of Malcolm Turnbull. He says:

“My children are becoming cynical about promises made by…the Prime Minister about the fast FTTN NBN roll out. Could you please make enquiries of the appropriate officers or Ministers, as to whether the FTTN NBN will provide a worse service compared to the ADSL+2 it is replacing? At the moment that seems to be the case.”
Mr Alderton also lives in Belmont and is suffering the same challenges, He says:

“What a joke, peak times download speeds around 4 Mbps, that's less than my old ADSL2.”

Mr Wallace of Valentine, near Newcastle, thinks that the problem might be widespread. He says:

“There are serious problems with the rollout across Newcastle due to the Fibre to the Node model used here…thinking about switching back to ADSL2+.”

When questioned about these problems with Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate network at Senate Estimates, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said:

“I am certain [these] problems are real…I am certain unfortunately there will be many more problems.”
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow, Senate Estimates, 9 February 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN is an absolute mess.

First Malcolm Turnbull doubled the cost from $29.5 billion to $56 billion, then he pushed the timeframe to get the NBN to all Australians to 2020 and now we find out that in the few places that have been switched on to the second rate NBN, people are getting snail like speeds.

It is not good enough and the blame lies squarely at the feet of Malcolm Turnbull.

FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2016

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