Turnbull over-promises but continues to under-deliver


Malcolm Turnbull continues to make promise after promise about the National Broadband Network but he is quickly developing a reputation as a Minister whose actions don’t match his rhetoric.

Yesterday it was revealed that NBN Co’s Fibre-to-the-Basement product would be delayed by up to 5 months. In April NBN Co said it would be able to offer a Fibre-to-the-Basement product by October 2014. They have now backed away from that promise.

This is the latest in a long line of examples where Malcolm Turnbull has failed to meet the mark he set for himself.

In April 2013, Malcolm Turnbull said that all Australians would have access to 25 megabits per second by the end of 2016. In December 2013, Malcolm Turnbull broke this promise.

In November 2013, Malcolm Turnbull said that NBN Co would pass 450,000 homes and businesses with fibre by the 30th of June 2014. Malcolm Turnbull will not meet the target he set for himself. As of 22 June, he is still about 70,000 short.

In February 2014, Malcolm Turnbull said that the Telstra renegotiations would be complete in “the next few months” and “certainly by the middle of the year.” We are now being told that the negotiations will not be complete until the final months of 2014 at best.

In April 2014, NBN Co said it would commence trials of the second rate Fibre-to-the-Node product in Umina and Epping on the 1st of May 2014. The Umina trial was delayed and from what we have been told the Epping trial has still not started.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to lift his game. He needs to build the NBN, not break it.


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