Election 2013: Broadband Election 2013: Broadband

Of all the election issues watched by the tech sector, the national broadband network has enlivened the most debate.

The Coalition released its broadband policy ahead of many of its other policies, promising to deliver a fibre-to-the-node network for 25 percent less than Labor’s $44.1 billion fibre-to-the-home network.

Here’s how the policies stack up:

Labor

  • $44.1 billion fibre to the home network (to be delivered by June 2021), with 97 percent fibre coverage and the remainder a mix of satellite and fixed wireless.
  • Network to deliver download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 400 Mbps, depending on the plan purchased.
  • Wholesale pricing structure fixed, with NBN Co remaining the monopoly provider.
  • Wholesale price capped at $24 per month for 12 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload speed, frozen for five years, and subsequent increases limited to less than the price of inflation.
  • Coalition

  • $29.5 billion mostly fibre-to-the-node premises (to be delivered by June 2015), with 71 percent FTTN and 22 percent FTTP on greenfields sites, and the remainder a mix of satellite and fixed wireless.
  • Network to deliver download speeds of up to 50 Mbps for the FTTN connections and 1 Gbps for FTTP connections. Upload speeds for FTTN connections of up to 10 Mbps and 400 Mbps for FTTP connections.
  • Wholesale pricing structure capped by the ACCC, with competing broadband access networks allowed.
  • Wholesale price forecast to be $38 per month in 2021, with a user pays policy for those wishing to connect the ‘last mile’ to their home with fibre.
  • Greens

  • Support Labor’s NBN policy.
  • Amended policy to ensure any future moves to privatise the NBN would be subject to a review to protect the public interest, requiring the approval of Parliament.
  • Vodafone pushes to curb future NBN Co 'bad behaviour'

    Vodafone pushes to curb future NBN Co 'bad behaviour'

    Why Telstra-era rules remain relevant.
    Jan 23 2017 11:45AM
    NBN Co anticipating 'new problems' in metro rollout

    NBN Co anticipating 'new problems' in metro rollout

    But CEO says 2020 goal still achievable.
    Jan 18 2017 12:01AM
    Qantas to start NBN satellite trial next month

    Qantas to start NBN satellite trial next month

    Agreement for nine-month PoC detailed.
    Jan 16 2017 2:53PM
    Doctors underwhelmed by NBN for e-health

    Doctors underwhelmed by NBN for e-health

    Peak medical body calls for fibre and wireless expansion.
    Jan 10 2017 5:12PM
    NBN Co readies pitch to 'high-value' business users

    NBN Co readies pitch to 'high-value' business users

    Nears milestone entry into the business Ethernet market.
    Jan 10 2017 12:00PM
    NBN Co reveals first two 'area switches' in-progress

    NBN Co reveals first two 'area switches' in-progress

    Along with five-fold increase in individual premises switches.
    Jan 3 2017 12:54PM
    TIO board shake-up sees ex-iiNet CTO join

    TIO board shake-up sees ex-iiNet CTO join

    John Lindsay one of two new faces.
    Dec 23 2016 1:37PM
    NBN Co's FTTdp to come first to Sydney and Melbourne

    NBN Co's FTTdp to come first to Sydney and Melbourne

    Network builder signs first construction deals.
    Dec 21 2016 1:19PM
    NBN Co will no longer tell you what type of fixed connection you're getting

    NBN Co will no longer tell you what type of fixed connection you're getting

    Ditches three-year construction plan.
    Dec 20 2016 4:47PM
    Govt faces off with regional Australia over decreased broadband funding

    Govt faces off with regional Australia over decreased broadband funding

    Analysis: Even if it can plot an exit, should it be a goal of government?
    Dec 20 2016 2:42PM
    Canberra continues to fork out for OPEL

    Canberra continues to fork out for OPEL

    Reaches out of court settlement with telcos eight years on.
    Dec 19 2016 1:36PM
    NBN Co to bring skinny fibre to new estates in 2017

    NBN Co to bring skinny fibre to new estates in 2017

    Readies greenfields for MTM.
    Dec 14 2016 4:25PM
    The NBN has cost Australia $8.8bn in net worth

    The NBN has cost Australia $8.8bn in net worth

    PBO reveals impact on bottom line.
    Dec 14 2016 10:19AM
    TPG forced to reveal FTTB business model

    TPG forced to reveal FTTB business model

    Amid deep distrust over how telco operates.
    Dec 13 2016 12:00PM
    'NBN tax' will slug consumers with higher broadband prices

    'NBN tax' will slug consumers with higher broadband prices

    New scheme to fund satellite, wireless costs.
    Dec 12 2016 3:43PM
    NBN Co says it's still too early for MTM operating costs

    NBN Co says it's still too early for MTM operating costs

    Attempts to calculate now would be “misleading”.
    Dec 8 2016 12:00PM
    NBN hits snag in FTTdp adoption

    NBN hits snag in FTTdp adoption

    Broadband users could be seen by law as electricity suppliers.
    Dec 8 2016 6:30AM
    TPG shares soar after Teoh reassures investors

    TPG shares soar after Teoh reassures investors

    Will rely on infrastructure, mobile to combat low NBN margins.
    Dec 7 2016 2:47PM
    AFP likely to be blocked from accessing seized NBN documents

    AFP likely to be blocked from accessing seized NBN documents

    Committee recommends parliamentary privilege.
    Nov 28 2016 5:08PM
    Telstra failing to plug earnings hole with new investments

    Telstra failing to plug earnings hole with new investments

    Expansions yet to pay off.
    Nov 28 2016 1:54PM

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