Conroy uses Vic Coalition report to support NBN

Conroy says report shows demand for the NBN, Rich-Phillips says it shows failure to meet demand.

Politicians from the Labor and Coalition parties have each claimed that a NBN report commissioned by Victoria's Coalition proves their points on the NBN.

The Deloitte report (PDF) found 350,000 Victorian households and businesses want faster broadband than is currently available, an increase of 63 per cent over two years.

Speaking to the Senate, Broadband Minister Senator Stephen Conroy of the Labor Party said the report showed great demand for the NBN and therefore the project should continue. Earlier this week, however, the Victoria Coalition’s Technology Minister, Gordon Rich-Philips, said the report showed the NBN “failing to keep pace with demand for high-speed broadband services in Victoria.”

The comments about the Labor Party’s broadband build came a week after NBN Co announced delays and higher-than-expected costs for the national network.

Conroy said the report released by Rich-Phillips “finds there is strong demand for high-speed broadband, particularly for speeds above 50 Mbps.” He said Broadband Shadow Minister, “Malcolm Turnbull should read the Victorian report and admit his plan is inadequate. These are the customers the Coalition has no plan to serve.”

Rich-Phillips did not share that conclusion. “It’s clear the Commonwealth’s rollout plan is not hitting areas where there is strong demand for services or those areas that would benefit most from adequate services,” he said. “Delays in the NBN rollout have resulted in much lower coverage of third wave broadband and have exacerbated unmet demand for these services.”

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It seems some people have no sense of shame whatever.

The Victorian government now has the hide to complain about NBN 'failing to keep pace with demand'.

The same government recently tried to obfuscate and derail the NBN rollout in that state by demanding that potential NBN users would have to individually opt-in if they wanted the service.

NBN Co should have moved their activities out of the state altogether and left them till last.

D Newman


While I agree on the tactics deployed were two faced and typicaly self serving, punishing the people of Victoria for the sins of the few in power, who do not care about a more unified infrastructure and potential access for all.

The day the internet starts kicking back huge sums of cash to pollies is the day they will care.

Abel Adamski


One very important point raised by Rich-Phillips not mentioned in this article was the complaint that the private sector was not prepared to invest in providing third wave services as the NBN is coming. They are unable to compete for price or standard of service.
We are being told infrastructure competion will give us better and cheaper.??
Is someone trying to pull the wool over our eyes?
Or is the "competition" about Murdochs Cable TV and Sky Channel over the HFC being expanded at the taxpayer expense



We are being told infrastructure competion will give us better and cheaper.??"

Hilarious. NBNco destroys infrastructure competition by introducing competition!

Abel Adamski


What actually is the advantage of infrastructure competition with Broadband, bearing in mind we have the Mobile Networks as competitors, there are substantial fibre links to CBD's and Industrial and Business areas and Parks.
Transact in Ballarat was whingeing they could not compete with NBN pricing.
So you argue we should all pay a substantial premium either directly or in taxes just to have this wondrous infrastructure competition, those competitors cannot provide all that the NBN can, so why inferior at higher prices?

How well does infrastructure competition work in the real world? Like to provide evidence.? Paul Budde recently did an article on how well it is delivering in the US.

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