We’re in full-on election mode, and that’s apparent in the NBN news, which saw Labor head overseas to poll on Coalition policy, while Malcolm Turnbull repeated his mantra that Telstra’s copper has no economic value.
Labor went overseas to assess the world’s view of the Coalition FTTN plan, while at home it has given $1 billion less in equity to NBN Co than was projected by now.
As the election draws nearer, it appears that businesses prefer the Labor FTTP plan, albeit by a slim margin. Labor’s promised that if it wins the election, it’ll fund schools some $20 million for videoconferencing gear to take advantage of the NBN.
It’s not exactly news, but Malcolm Turnbull was out and about re-iterating that he doesn’t feel that Telstra’s copper has any “economic value” and that as such, the Coalition wouldn’t pay Telstra anything for it beyond the existing NBN agreement.
Outside the electoral boundaries, iiNet dropped the higher quota version of its Satellite NBN plan, citing capacity restraints on the interim system as the reason why. Meanwhile, NBN Co has removed a lot of public access to its rollout data, in this case citing accuracy concerns.