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.
  • Superloop joins broadband tax opposition

    Superloop joins broadband tax opposition

    Asks for USO to be redirected to NBN Co instead.
    Jul 20 2017 8:30PM
    ACCC doesn't think FTTN's bad name to blame for NBN backhaul woes

    ACCC doesn't think FTTN's bad name to blame for NBN backhaul woes

    But will examine the allegation.
    Jul 20 2017 12:45PM
    Optus blasts 'opportunistic' corporate internet tax

    Optus blasts 'opportunistic' corporate internet tax

    Tells NBN Co to compete on merit.
    Jul 18 2017 1:18PM
    NBN Co to grow fixed wireless footprint

    NBN Co to grow fixed wireless footprint

    Brings in up to 72,800 homes - but from where?
    Jul 17 2017 9:07AM
    Bad map data sees 700k fewer premises in NBN

    Bad map data sees 700k fewer premises in NBN

    Effect to be quantified in next corporate plan.
    Jul 12 2017 6:40AM
    NBN Co blames micronode problems on activation process

    NBN Co blames micronode problems on activation process

    Creates new way to get users connected.
    Jul 11 2017 6:32AM
    NBN Co finally reveals extent of micronode problem

    NBN Co finally reveals extent of micronode problem

    Only 1 percent of boxes are serviceable.
    Jul 10 2017 12:00PM
    NBN Co targets unstable FTTN connections

    NBN Co targets unstable FTTN connections

    Plans to introduce dynamic line provisioning technology.
    Jul 5 2017 12:00PM
    NBN Co deploys fresh copper to new homes

    NBN Co deploys fresh copper to new homes

    First premises declared RFS under revised policy.
    Jul 4 2017 2:53PM
    More than half of NBN staff earn at least $100k

    More than half of NBN staff earn at least $100k

    As contractor spend tops $274m.
    Jul 4 2017 2:05PM
    NBN Co bets on HFC to boost its revenues

    NBN Co bets on HFC to boost its revenues

    Forecasts average residential user will contribute $49 a month.
    Jul 3 2017 12:00PM
    NBN Co's pending AWS migration takes shape

    NBN Co's pending AWS migration takes shape

    Budget could run into tens of millions.
    Jun 29 2017 11:28AM
    NBN Co boosts Sky Muster data usage limits

    NBN Co boosts Sky Muster data usage limits

    End users expected to see the effects.
    Jun 27 2017 12:30PM
    TPG savages broadband tax as band-aid for 'broken' NBN

    TPG savages broadband tax as band-aid for 'broken' NBN

    Even NBN Co is worried about mobile competitors.
    Jun 26 2017 9:03AM
    Govt goes ahead with broadband tax bill

    Govt goes ahead with broadband tax bill

    Reiterates assertion that NBN customers won’t pay more.
    Jun 22 2017 11:43AM
    NBN Co to upgrade high-traffic transit routes

    NBN Co to upgrade high-traffic transit routes

    As network build hits scale.
    Jun 21 2017 11:11AM
    ACCC seeks volunteers for broadband speed monitoring

    ACCC seeks volunteers for broadband speed monitoring

    Underperforming service providers in the cross hairs.
    Jun 19 2017 7:11AM
    First NBN FTTC areas unlikely to be able to order retail service

    First NBN FTTC areas unlikely to be able to order retail service

    Gap between construction and service launch.
    Jun 19 2017 6:46AM
    NBN Co to push more workloads to public cloud

    NBN Co to push more workloads to public cloud

    Reveals business migration.
    Jun 15 2017 11:45AM
    Drastic restructure to help Telstra 'urgently' transform: Penn

    Drastic restructure to help Telstra 'urgently' transform: Penn

    Blames NBN, digital disruption for mass job cuts.
    Jun 14 2017 3:38PM

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