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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

NBN rollout plan - A ramp Evel Knievel couldn't jump

The three-year rollout plan for Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate version of the NBN released today is not realistic and not achievable. It looks more like an election plan than a construction plan.

NBN promises to connect more than half the country to the NBN in just two years – but only after the next election.

This financial year NBN says it will connect 953,000 homes and business to the NBN in the fixed line footprint.

In the next two financial years this ramps up to 6.2 million homes and businesses connected.

Corporate Plan 2016―Fixed Line Rollout Target

This is a ramp Evel Knievel couldn’t jump.

The rollout plan is all about making Malcolm Turnbull look good on Election Day.

True to form, Malcolm Turnbull is setting the bar low enough to jump over it and pushing the broken promises out to the next term of Parliament.

Even under the plan that NBN Co has released, half a million homes and business with terrible internet access will be left waiting for the NBN at the end of 2018.

Malcolm Turnbull promised that his second rate version of the National Broadband Network would be rolled out faster and cheaper.

He promised his second rate NBN would be built for $29.5 billion—that cost has almost doubled to $56 billion.

He promised that his second rate NBN would be rolled out to all homes and businesses by the end of 2016—that’s now more than doubled to 7 years.

After two years as Communications Minister, all Malcolm Turnbull has left behind is a version of the NBN that is best described as Malcolm Turnbull’s Mess.

FRIDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2015

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