The NBN Co business case may not be publicly released this month, according to an ABC report.
"To some degree, the decision of Cabinet - which will be influenced by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) - will then lead to some further work that may need to be done on the NBN business case, as you would expect it to be done," communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy told the ABC today.
A spokesperson for the minister could not verify the comments or confirm that the business case had been delayed.
The business case, which the Federal Government received from National Broadband Network wholesaler NBN Co last month, was due for released before the end of the year, following heated exchanges in the Senate and an initial refusal from Conroy. Portions of the 400-page report are expected to be withheld from public viewing as they are deemed commercial-in-confidence. However, the full case will likely reveal timeframes for the network's rollout and initial costings for the company's three year strategy.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon secured the release of a 36-page summary of the report during negotiations surrounding the passage of legislation to structurally separate Telstra. The summary provided limited material relating to the company's strategy and was heavily criticised by the opposition and analysts for failing to providing sufficient information on financial assumptions.