.#cowper broadband consumers paying $15k+ to get off @turnbullmalcolm second rate @nbn_australia policy
STEPHEN JONES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
REGIONAL CUSTOMERS PAYING EXTORTIONATE PRICES FOR NBN UPGRADES
Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Services Stephen Jones says consumers in regional communities are being forced to pay extortionate prices for upgrades to NBN services.
When Mr Turnbull made the decision to axe Labor’s fibre optic NBN in 2013, Malcolm Turnbull, then Shadow Minister for Communications, fiercely disputed Labor’s claims that the cost of individual upgrades of technology (now known as “Technology Choice”) would cost around $5,000 and instead Mr Turnbull cited cost figures of around $2,250.
New figures released through Senate Estimates show that the average cost of this technology upgrade is in fact around $15,800 per premises – and the highest cost so far is $157,126.
Not surprisingly, only a small number of customers have opted for the upgrade to a fully fibre optic NBN – overwhelmingly in regional areas.**
This includes places such as NSW: Armidale, Picton, Boambee; VIC: Bacchus Marsh; QLD: Beaconsfield, Bundaberg , Bundaberg North; WA: Dayton, Pinjarra, Meru; SA: North Brighton; TAS: Deloraine.
This is because these areas are on Mr Turnbull’s second rate, copper NBN.
In fact, of the 221 applications for “Technology Choice”, 198 are for those wanting to get off Mr Turnbull’s copper NBN and onto Labor’s fibre optic technology.
Because the NBN rollout is nearly done in 70% of regional areas, there will be 4 million homes that are stuck indefinitely on the copper NBN with no prospect of an upgrade path unless they choose to spend upwards of $15,000 to fund an extension of fibre optic cable to their homes.
Millions of regional Australian homes and businesses will be left stranded on a copper network that is incapable of much more than 25 mbps while the world moves increasingly towards a “gigabit per second” future.
WEDNESDAY, 7 JUNE 2017
**List of postcodes of the 34 customers opting for Technology Choice:
- 4575 x 4
MICHELLE ROWLAND MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR GREENWAY
TURNBULL’S TECHNOLOGY CHOICE IN TATTERS
Reports today have revealed the sheer extent of the failure of Malcom Turnbull’s Technology Choice Program. We are seeing a litany of issues, cost blowouts, and failures with the farcical Technology Choice Program and customers are being left worse off.
On 24 May 2017, in response to questions from the Senate that were already 24 days overdue, NBN Co submitted evidence which stated the average quoted cost for consumers to self-upgrade their NBN connection from copper to fibre was $15,800 under the Technology Choice Program. This figure is five times – or a shocking $12,800 per premises – greater than the $3,000 Malcolm Turnbull said it would cost.
When asked by Sky News host David Speers in July 2013 if he could “guarantee that final connection if people want it won’t be as much as $5000” Mr Turnbull said:
“Well we haven’t set a rate for it but I can tell you that the typical distance from one of these nodes, the average distance would be around 500 metres. And I can only give you the example from the UK the cost of getting fibre on demand is around £1500 which I think would work out at around $3000. So it is not $5000.”
In a separate post which is still on Mr Turnbull’s website he states:
“For a customer living 500 metres from a node, for example, the charge is GBP1500 or about $2,250.”
In response to a separate question by Senator Urquhart, NBNCo also stated its highest quote to upgrade from Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was $61,600. However a report in today’s Daily Telegraph revealed NBNCo has quoted consumers $149,000 to upgrade from copper to fibre. This is well in excess of the $61,600 figure provided to the Senate.
This raises serious questions about what other information the Turnbull Government is supressing about the NBN rollout.
Labor calls on the Turnbull Government to review the design and pricing of its farcical Technology Choice Program and investigate how it came to pass that a consumer was told they must pay $149,000 to upgrade their copper NBN connection to fibre. For $149,000 it would be cheaper to pack up and move to New Zealand to get proper fibre broadband.
This is simply the latest insult to Australians who would have received a fibre connection under Labor.
WEDNESDAY, 7 JUNE 2017