Digital Tasmania uncertain about Turnbull’s NBN rollout ‘facts’

Andrew Connor says Malcolm Turnbull's updated NBN rollout map that is supposed to create "greater certainty" still leaves uncertainty for many Tasmanians
Digital Tasmania uncertain about Turnbull’s NBN rollout ‘facts’

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘facts’ around updates to the National Broadband Network rollout map and whether he will honour existing contracts still leaves uncertainty for many Tasmanians, according to Digital Tasmania spokesperson Andrew Connor.

Turnbull released an updated version of the NBN rollout map that removes thousands of homes across Australia. He released a statement outlining his “facts” on the NBN rollout in response to Connor’s comments that the Coalition had delayed the rollout in Tasmania due to changes in the map.

“The new maps reflect only areas where physical construction has begun, meaning that those communities have greater certainty about when the network will be active and when they can expect to order their services," Turnbull said.

“Labor created a misleading metric of ‘construction commenced or completed’, which was initiated as soon as high level planning began and was designed to create the impression that there was far more construction activity than was actually the case.

“Labor went to the last election with the rollout forecast for June 30, 2014, cut by almost 50 per cent with only around 600,000 premises in brownfield areas across Australia expected to be passed by fibre. The NBN Co has advised the government that with the revised Statement of Expectations, it expects to be able to reach approximately that same number of premises by June 30.”

However, Connor said Turnbull’s statement doesn’t create any more certainty when it comes to Tasmanian homes that have been contracted to recieve fibre-to-the-premise. He said the updated rollout map could still mean that FTTP will be scraped, which would go against the Coalition’s commitment to honour existing contracts in Tasmania.

“Changing it in Tasmania is contrary to their pre-election statements here of continuing the rollout as planned. One Liberal Senator for Tasmania was quoted saying that they have already factored in the cost of doing fibre all the way in Tassie. Nowhere did they mention that they were [still] going to honour that commitment [yesterday],” Connor said.

“It's reasonable to assume that the rollout for areas currently not indicated on NBN Co maps will be delayed for some time by government initiated reviews and a probable change of technology to fibre-to-the-node.”

Connor said he has voiced his concerns to Turnbull, but has not yet received a response.

“We hope they will honour their commitment they made to Tassie. They simply can’t save any time or money because it is already contracted and changing course now would only put us backwards.

“Most consumers just want to see this happen, but I understand it does take time. It took 100 years plus for the phone network to get where it is and to do fibre across Tassie on five years is pretty good.”

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Paul

1

Just another example of the Abbott government saying one thing before the election and quite another after they got into power. They just can't be trusted. We can only hope they spit the dummy over the carbon tax and we have a chance to vote them out before they do too much damage.

Teddy

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Another boring NBN article, the NBN has been poorly handled at best from the start. Who made the decision to connect Tasmania and Kiama before Sydney or Melbourne. Surely a kick off in a Major Capital City would have made more sense not to mention commercially. How many times do you think that Sydney, (from Palm Beach to Cronulla to Campbelltown to Hornsby) would fit into Tasmania? Population of Tasmania in 2012 512,000 population of Sydney 4.5 million in 2010. Another thing I will never forget about the Rudd/Gillard tenure.

DaleA

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Teddy, the rollout in a regional area was to prove the concept in an area that already had very poor communications coverage. Sydney already does have great internet speeds available to domestic and business consumers through one medium or another, whether it is telstra or Optus cable, ADSL or ADSL2, 3G, 4G or fibre. I'm in Melbourne and i get 80Mbps + to my house now over Optus cable, and gigabit links over the Telstra MPLS network at my suburban workplace. NBN to me is not really necessary at the moment, but to someone in another area it can mean the difference between a web presence for your business / decent home internet or not. I thought it was a great decision.

Greg

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@ Teddy.
The rollout of the NBN was set up by the ACCC & NBN Co and covered geographical areas in regional and metro areas. There are areas in Western, South West and North west Sydney already connected to NBN and being built in these areas. Same with Perth also has coverage as well as others states. The biggest issue was laying fiber from Adelaide to Perth across the vast open spaces. If you looked at the old maps of the NBN you would see where the areas of Sydney were being built and where it was due to start in the near future. However this has now changed and the old maps have been thrown out as of this week. Telstra is now running the NBN due to recent appointments by the Minister and jobs for the boys of the new NBN co chairmen.

Shit happens

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Liberal bull shit say one thing before the election and do something different after I do not believe them. I do not think anyone does.

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