Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

 

Malcolm Turnbull's second rate NBN finally starts

Malcolm Turnbull's second rate NBN that relies on old copper lines from last century will finally be switched on in Belmont, New South Wales on Monday.

The Fibre-to-the-Node switch on is now way behind schedule and means Malcolm Turnbull will not be able to meet the promise he made in Opposition that all Australian homes would have access to the NBN by the end of 2016.

NBN Co’s 2016 Corporate Plan reveals that all Australian homes now won’t get the NBN until 2020.

Malcolm Turnbull underestimated the timeframe, cost and complexity involved in shifting from Labor's world class fibre-to-the-premises NBN to his second rate copper NBN.

In Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull also promised that the full scale rollout of his second rate network would be underway by mid-2014:

“It is forecast that the large scale rollout of any changes to the network design—such as implementing fibre to the node—would commence in mid-2014.”

 Coalition Broadband Policy—Frequently Asked Questions, 9 August 2013 

It is now September 2015 and this still has not happened.

According to NBN Co’s Corporate Plan 2016, the large scale rollout won’t happen until the 2017 financial year.

This week NBN Co CEO Mr Bill Morrow also revealed that NBN Co plans to replace degraded copper with new copper in some cases. He said:

“…where the copper is insufficient, we have planned for that, we have budgeted for that, if we need to go in and retrofit that copper.”

 Bill Morrow, Press Club, 16 September 2015

That's right, Malcolm Turnbull's NBN Co will replace 1940's technology with a shinier version of 1940's technology. The self-appointed Digital Prime Minister is taking us back to pre-war technology.

Malcolm Turnbull has moved on to bigger things but it is becoming increasingly clear that the NBN he has left behind is an absolute mess.

FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2015

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