By Andrew Bolt ~
Here, the acronym NBN stands for National Broadband Network. Originally, the Labor Party, when it was in Government promised Fibre to the residence, here referred to as FTTP. (Fibre To The Premises) This proved to be an enormously expensive option, and one which was never really costed correctly, one which would see fewer connections because of the cost, and one which would take more than a Decade to implement to a complete rollout. When the Government changed, the incoming Coalition changed it to a different option, called Fibre to the Node, an option which would see a fibre connection to the end of each street, and then to use the existing ‘copper’ network, currently already in use for the telephone connections to each home. This would prove much less expensive, hence, more connections, and would see a rollout much faster than the original option. The Labor Party has, until now, stood by its original intent, again, without ever fully costing the project. With the election looming, and costing for promises now in the full public spotlight, Labor had finally admitted that they cannot afford that original option of theirs…..TonyfromOz.
Labor is accepting that Malcolm Turnbull actually cleaned up their NBN mess, and saved us billions. Give Turnbull – and NBN boss Bill Morrow – the credit.
THE ‘gigabyte geeks’ expecting a Shorten Labor government to go back to a Kevin Rudd and Stephen Conroy future of an all-fibre ‘Rolls-Royce’ version of the National Broadband Network have in fact been sold a ‘gigabyte pup’.
Labor leader Bill Shorten and ‘his Conroy’ — shadow communications minister Jason ‘the blackest day in Australian sport’ Clare — have actually ditched the all-fibre ‘back-of-a-drinks-coaster/$100 billion-plus blank cheque’ all-singing, all-fibre FTTP-NBN.
Further, Shorten and Clare have actually accepted not just the increasingly built reality of Malcolm Turnbull’s much cheaper but just as effective and far, far more quickly delivered MTM (Multi-Technology Mix) NBN, but they have accepted both its logic and its functionality….
Under the original Rudd-Conroy FTTP-NBN, some 93 per cent of all 12 million premises in Australia would have been connected by fibre to their external wall. Sheer, utter madness. You might just as well have promised a tramline to every home….
Under the Turnbull-Morrow MTM-NBN, the connections will be split 20 per cent FTTP, 38 per cent FTTN/B (Fibre-To-The Node or Basement), 34 per cent (mostly Telstra’s) HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial), and the last 8 per cent wireless/satellite.
All that Shorten-Clare are promising is to increase FTTP to 37 per cent and to cut FTTN/B to 21 per cent. That is to say, 83 per cent of the footprint or the Shorten-Clare NBN would be left exactly unchanged from the Turnbull NBN.
We are now past the point of arguing about the waste of building something that will cost taxpayers nearly $50 billion. The argument about whether to give everyone the Rolls-Royce option of fibre to the home is now also over, as Labor tacitly admits.
Time to get onto the real issue now: how to make this thing work best for our future.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.