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.
  • 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
    NBN Co puts initial FTTC cost at $2800 per premises

    NBN Co puts initial FTTC cost at $2800 per premises

    Defers major expansion until after 2020.
    Mar 8 2017 6:01AM
    NBN Co to join Telstra, CBA in automation drive

    NBN Co to join Telstra, CBA in automation drive

    Adopts zero-based design, robotic process automation.
    Mar 6 2017 4:00PM
    Exclusive: NBN Co's three-year construction plan

    Exclusive: NBN Co's three-year construction plan

    Reconstructed plan reveals FTTN backflips and more.
    Mar 6 2017 6:45AM
    Why a new three-year NBN plan was needed

    Why a new three-year NBN plan was needed

    [Opinion] Why is it acceptable to invest more but get less detail?
    Mar 6 2017 6:42AM
    NBN Co starts replacing FTTN in network rollout

    NBN Co starts replacing FTTN in network rollout

    Moves premises into newer FTTC footprint.
    Mar 6 2017 6:39AM
    NBN Co masters the fixed-to-wireless flip

    NBN Co masters the fixed-to-wireless flip

    Promised FTTN, given fixed wireless.
    Mar 6 2017 6:36AM
    How NBN Co's internal cross-subsidy for regional Oz was botched

    How NBN Co's internal cross-subsidy for regional Oz was botched

    [Opinion] But will a new tax fix it?
    Mar 6 2017 6:33AM
    NBN Co adds 2.6m premises into construction schedule

    NBN Co adds 2.6m premises into construction schedule

    At least one million new premises given ‘availability’ dates.
    Mar 6 2017 6:30AM
    NBN Co admits to 'exorbitant' number of satellite failures

    NBN Co admits to 'exorbitant' number of satellite failures

    Could take a year to fix Sky Muster issues.
    Feb 28 2017 10:35PM
    NBN Co reinstates fixed-line tech type in rollout maps

    NBN Co reinstates fixed-line tech type in rollout maps

    ‘Major update’ also adds availability dates for Telstra HFC footprint.
    Feb 27 2017 6:00AM
    Hills hurt by 'delivery issues' on Ericsson NBN deal

    Hills hurt by 'delivery issues' on Ericsson NBN deal

    Impacts first-half results.
    Feb 21 2017 10:39AM
    NBN Co reveals reverse power draw for FTTdp

    NBN Co reveals reverse power draw for FTTdp

    Lays out energy requirements for new service.
    Feb 20 2017 2:58PM
    NBN Co bends to RSP calls for revamped fees

    NBN Co bends to RSP calls for revamped fees

    Will tailor controversial CVC to individual resellers.
    Feb 17 2017 10:00AM
    Interim NBN satellite users urged to migrate as switch-off looms

    Interim NBN satellite users urged to migrate as switch-off looms

    But Sky Muster still not performing.
    Feb 16 2017 2:09PM
    Demand 'still not there' for 1Gbps: NBN Co

    Demand 'still not there' for 1Gbps: NBN Co

    Despite ongoing trials.
    Feb 9 2017 12:24PM
    NBN Co needs to coax customers onto higher speeds

    NBN Co needs to coax customers onto higher speeds

    Or risk missing revenue targets.
    Feb 9 2017 11:59AM
    NBN Co's new lab will scope out future technology

    NBN Co's new lab will scope out future technology

    Charged with creating 'opportunity catalogue'.
    Feb 8 2017 10:41AM
    NBN Co sets fee for after-hours installation

    NBN Co sets fee for after-hours installation

    New service to begin March 20.
    Feb 6 2017 12:00PM

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