Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, has welcomed the release of the NBN Implementation Study ahead of its publication later today.
"We will closely evaluate the full report with the view to continue negotiations with the Government on this long overdue overhaul of Australia's telecommunications sector," Ludlam said in a statement. "It is hoped that this report will give us some way of assessing how the NBN Co will operate as a business and what the project economics look like."
The timing of Ludlam's comments are surprising given the study isn't yet released. Further comment is expected from other politicians soon.
Conroy initially refused to publicly release the $25 million study, which was co-authored by consulting firms McKinsey & Company and KPMG and delivered to Conroy's office on 5 March. After further pushes from the Senate, Conroy said it would be made available before the Federal Budget on 11 May.
A spokesperson for Conroy confirmed the 500-page report would be released this week. The spokesperson has since told Computerworld Australia that the initial release would be to a Press Gallery in Canberra today, with a public release at 1.30pm.