The Greens have spoken out about the NBN’s “effective immediately” halt of HFC connections while “crucial work” is completed for existing customers – saying this sends a “clear signal” just a straight up Fibre to the Premises upgrade needs to be the priority.
In a statement released earlier today, the Australian Greens NBN spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John said Australians need a National Broadband Network for the digital future, not further delays to an already outdated system.
“Yesterday it was announced there would be up to 9 months delays for customers slated to connect to the NBN via Hybrid Fibre Coaxial to perform further testing. In practice this will mean those customers are simply waiting 9 months longer for sub-standard connectivity,” Senator Steele-John said.
“The Turnbull government must acknowledge that their mixed-technology compromise using outdated Fibre to the Nodetechnology will cost far more in the long term and hamper our capabilities relative to other countries.”
Senator Steele-John pointed out that access to the internet is a human right, and Fibre to the Premises technology is the only long-term solution to meet Australia’s current and future broadband needs.
“We have an opportunity to build a high speed, national system that would raise Australia’s digital readiness and bring our speeds into line with world leaders such as South Korea and Japan,” Senator Steele-John said.
“Australians are fed up with the NBN compromise and want access to a network that meets our current and future digital needs. The Australian Greens will continue to champion that right.”