NBN Co Chief confirms Turnbull and the truth don’t mix

NBN Co confirmed on Friday that the cost and timeframe of rolling out fibre-to-the-premises, Labor’s version of the NBN, is going down not up.

When asked if there were reductions in the cost of rolling out fibre to the premises, NBN Co CEO Mr Bill Morrow said:

“Absolutely. I completely agree…and I’m thrilled that that’s the case.”

BILL MORROW – SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE NBN – 26 SEPTEMBER 2014

When asked if NBN Co was getting quicker at rolling out fibre to the premises, NBN Co Chief Operating Officer Mr Greg Adcock said:

“Yes.”

GREG ADCOCK – SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE NBN – 26 SEPTEMBER 2014

This undermines the cost-benefit analysis written by former staff and advisers to Malcolm Turnbull which claims that the cost of building fibre-to-the-premises is going up and taking longer to roll out.

It also contradicts the claim made by Malcolm Turnbull recently, when he said:

“There is no evidence FTTP or fixed wireless costs per premise are declining.”

MALCOLM TURNBULL – SPEECH TO CORPORATE TURNAROUND CONFERENCE – 18 SEPTEMBER 2014

Last week the truth was revealed. It is getting cheaper and quicker to roll out fibre-to-the-premises.

This is happening because of changes to the construction model put in place by NBN Co management last year – the people Malcolm Turnbull sacked.

These changes were trialled in Melton, Victoria.

On the 7th of September NBN Co denied that the Melton pilot took place.

On Friday, NBN Co Chief Operating Officer Mr Adcock confirmed that the trial in Melton did indeed take place.

The internal NBN Co document setting out the results of the trial confirmed that fibre-to-the-premises was rolled out 61 percent faster and 50 percent cheaper than in other areas of Ballarat, Victoria.

NBN Co also confirmed that some of the innovations used in the Melton trial are now being used in the fibre rollout across the country.

It is now clear that the Strategic Review and the Cost Benefit Analysis are not worth the paper they are printed on.

Malcolm Turnbull has spent more than $10 million in taxpayer dollars for reports written by mates to justify his second rate broadband network.

After more than a year in office, all we have had from Malcolm Turnbull is dodgy reports, lame excuses and broken promises.

It is time for him to get on with building the NBN.

MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2014

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