Already the proud owners of 4,478 km in existing copper, NBN has splashed out on 21,078 km of brand shiny new copper, too. That’s a lot of copper!
Enough to wrap around Australia one and a half times, in fact.
This is all according to information learned from a recent senate committee, and Shadow Minister For Communications Michelle Rowland is not pleased, to say the least.
“Unfortunately while Mr Turnbull enjoys top speeds of 100 Mbps at his Point Piper residence, 3 in 4 Australians on Fibre to the Node cannot achieve those speeds,” Rowland said in a statement. “Worse still, leaked documents from 2015 revealed the cost of NBN copper remediation had blown out by $600 million. This was a tenfold increase on what was claimed in the December 2013 NBN Strategic Review.”
“On every measure, Turnbull’s $49 billion multi-technology mix has not been faster or cheaper – it costs more and does less.”
Labor is calling on the Government to abandon its “second-rate copper rollout” “wherever feasible”, and make fibre to the kerb “a minimum” measure.