MONEY-BAGS MALCOLM WANTS AUSTRALIANS TO PAY FOR REAL NBN

 

Malcolm Turnbull has shown again how out of touch he is with the financial pressures faced by Australian families.  He is reportedly forcing a small business in Newcastle, NSW to pay more than $10,000 to connect to the superfast fibre-to-the-premises version of the NBN.

Instead of giving all Australians access to the latest in fibre-to-the-premises communications infrastructure, Malcolm Turnbull is rolling out a second rate version of the NBN that relies on the old copper lines laid in the middle of last century.

For those who need to access the best internet infrastructure possible in order to run their businesses or home offices, Malcolm Turnbull has one message: SHOW ME THE MONEY! 

In Opposition, during a Lateline debate with Anthony Albanese, Malcolm Turnbull told Australians that it would cost less than $5,000:

ANTHONY ALBANESE: You gotta pay for it. $5,000.

MALCOLM TURNBULL: It’ll be a lot less than that, but anyway. 

Comparing the cost to the UK ‘Fibre on demand’ model, Malcolm Turnbull highlighted that his fibre-on-demand product would cost somewhere around $2,000:

 “For a customer living 500 metres from a node, for example, the charge is GBP1500 or about $2,250”

This is yet another example of Malcolm Turnbull saying one thing and doing another.

It is the latest addition to a long list:

SAYS ONE THING….

…THEN DOES ANOTHER

All Australian homes will have access          to 25mbps by 2016….

won’t happen until 2020.

Second rate NBN will cost                       $29.5 billion

will now cost up to $56 billion.

Underserved homes to get the NBN “first”

about half a million underserved homes still waiting at June 2018.

We are going to do a rigorous analysis, we will get Infrastructure Australia to do an independent cost benefit analysis”…

hired former Liberal Party staffers, Liberal advisors and noted NBN critics to do       cost benefit analysis.

The bottom line is that as far as the NBN project is concerned, the government’s commitment is to be completely transparent”…

…shroud of secrecy dropped over project, basic rollout, contractual and financial information kept secret.

Strategic Review to contain “hand on heart true, realistic and achievable options prudently costed.” No room for “telling the Minister what…he wants to hear”…

…hired his friend and yachting partner to tell him exactly what he wanted to hear, Strategic Review hopelessly wrong.

“…business districts, schools, hospitals, universities and anywhere that fibre is commercially justifiable will be connected to fibre”….

many business centres and high streets getting FTTN only.

Obviously all greenfields premises, where the cost of putting in fibre is not much greater than putting in copper, they’ll have fibre”…

…NBN Co can choose whatever technology is cost effective to deploy.

Fibre-on-Demand to cost ~$2,250

It’ll be a lot less than [$5,000]”…

costs more than $10,000.

 

THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

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