Government needs to face up to the real problem with their copper NBN

Reports that the ACCC are looking to recruit 4000 volunteers to help measure internet speeds is a welcome move, but this will not solve the underlying problem that Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN relies on second-rate copper connections.

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP

ACTING SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

STEPHEN JONES MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

MEMBER FOR WHITLAM 

 

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO FACE UP TO THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THEIR COPPER NBN

 

Reports that the ACCC are looking to recruit 4000 volunteers to help measure internet speeds is a welcome move, but this will not solve the underlying problem that Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN relies on second-rate copper connections.

Australians were promised fast and reliable broadband at affordable prices, yet this Government has shown consumers nothing but contempt. Unfortunately as Malcom Turnbull’s copper NBN rolls out it’s becoming increasingly clear that its reliance on outdated technology is leaving consumers stranded with slow speeds and unacceptably high drop-out rates.

Members of Parliament are getting a lot of complaints about these issues, particularly in the areas covered by Malcolm Turnbull’s copper technologies. Last year the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman also foundthat new complaints about faults on the NBN soared by almost 150 per cent last year, and there was a near 50 per cent increase in new complaints about internet data speeds.

This problem is worse in regional areas who are stuck with more copper in the ground than any other area in the country.

The most disappointing aspect of this situation is the Turnbull Government has sought to blame everybody but themselves. This lack of accountability is leaving Australians rightly frustrated and angry.

Measuring internet speeds is important, but this won’t take away from the main problem — the $50 billion price tag to deliver a second-rate NBN reliant on last century’s copper.

This policy failure in both the NBN’s economics and engineering means that consumers are paying the penalty for Malcolm Turnbull’s incompetence.

The Australian people are paying for internet services they are simply not getting. This requires all relevant parties to work together and deliver in the long term interests of consumers.

MONDAY, 6 MARCH 2017