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.
  • Turnbull calls NBN a 'good debt' for taxpayers

    Turnbull calls NBN a 'good debt' for taxpayers

    Relying on 2020 revenue projections.
    Apr 27 2017 3:18PM
    NSW govt in huge digital collaboration project

    NSW govt in huge digital collaboration project

    Pilots Workplace by Facebook, but uncommitted to tech.
    Apr 27 2017 6:45AM
    NBN Co hits 1Gbps+ speeds in fixed wireless trials

    NBN Co hits 1Gbps+ speeds in fixed wireless trials

    Expands footprint by 100,000.
    Apr 26 2017 6:00AM
    Garbage truck takes down copper cable in FTTN area

    Garbage truck takes down copper cable in FTTN area

    But only NBN users are reconnected quickly.
    Apr 21 2017 12:00PM
    Ballarat blasts NBN Co over claimed $13m repair bill

    Ballarat blasts NBN Co over claimed $13m repair bill

    Local area left worse for wear after contractors move through.
    Apr 20 2017 10:59AM
    Is the NBN heading towards a mobile iceberg?

    Is the NBN heading towards a mobile iceberg?

    Could lose 20 percent of users to mobile.
    Apr 11 2017 3:40PM
    NBN Co will expand FTTC to 1 million premises

    NBN Co will expand FTTC to 1 million premises

    300,000 homes and businesses get upgraded.
    Apr 11 2017 9:14AM
    NBN Co shows off 10Gbps FTTP technology

    NBN Co shows off 10Gbps FTTP technology

    Passive fibre tech for end user, backhaul connections.
    Apr 11 2017 7:10AM
    Vodafone worried that NBN will stunt 5G

    Vodafone worried that NBN will stunt 5G

    Wants ‘serious’ review of fixed wireless spectrum.
    Apr 10 2017 1:39PM
    SBS calls for unmetered access over NBN

    SBS calls for unmetered access over NBN

    Seeks government mandate.
    Apr 10 2017 11:44AM
    NBN Co quietly starts trials connecting traffic lights

    NBN Co quietly starts trials connecting traffic lights

    Moves ahead with controversial bid to stretch its remit.
    Apr 4 2017 6:50AM
    NBN Co brings 100/40Mbps speed tier to fixed wireless

    NBN Co brings 100/40Mbps speed tier to fixed wireless

    Prices yet to be determined.
    Mar 30 2017 1:57PM
    The 4013 urban premises to receive NBN satellite

    The 4013 urban premises to receive NBN satellite

    Exclusive: City areas shunted onto Sky Muster.
    Mar 30 2017 6:45AM
    AFP loses access to seized NBN documents

    AFP loses access to seized NBN documents

    Conroy's parliamentary privilege claim upheld.
    Mar 29 2017 7:44AM
    NBN Co can't muddy SAU with open-ended clauses

    NBN Co can't muddy SAU with open-ended clauses

    ACCC intends to reject plan.
    Mar 28 2017 12:13PM
    NT govt blasts NBN Sky Muster service

    NT govt blasts NBN Sky Muster service

    Slow to install, slow to use.
    Mar 27 2017 11:40AM
    NBN Co is leaving complex premises for last

    NBN Co is leaving complex premises for last

    Drive to inflate numbers could leave some waiting for years.
    Mar 24 2017 3:26PM
    TIO can't break down NBN complaints by access tech

    TIO can't break down NBN complaints by access tech

    Not its role ‘to supervise the rollout’.
    Mar 24 2017 11:47AM
    TPG reverses brief iiNet customer exodus

    TPG reverses brief iiNet customer exodus

    Records strong growth in NBN, FTTB connections.
    Mar 21 2017 9:30AM
    NBN Co assembles crack team to tackle Sky Muster issues

    NBN Co assembles crack team to tackle Sky Muster issues

    Unveils major drive for new engineering and architecture talent.
    Mar 20 2017 11:42AM

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