News

Truss: NBN costings ‘way off mark’

OFF THE MARK: Labor candidate Lucy Stanton is under fire from Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss for her “incorrect comments on the NBN”.
OFF THE MARK: Labor candidate Lucy Stanton is under fire from Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss for her “incorrect comments on the NBN”. Louise Cheer

OPINION: IT'S business as usual for Bill Shorten's candidate Lucy Stanton, parroting incorrect comments on the NBN straight from Labor's union HQ.

Her claim that the Coalition Government paid $11 billion to buy Telstra's copper infrastructure is false (even though Labor's Federal communications spokesman said the same thing two days earlier).

It was in fact the former Labor Government that did deals with Telstra and Optus costing $9 billion and $800 million respectively in June 2011 - to close down their networks to eliminate competition with Labor's overpriced NBN network.

The Coalition paid no money for these networks - we simply negotiated access to them.

As a result, the cost of connecting customers to the Coalition's Fibre to the Node (FTTN) NBN is half what Labor would have paid for their Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) system.

In addition, Labor took 15 months to connect FTTP to the first 1000 premises.

The Coalition took 57 working days to connect the first 1000 premises to FTTN.

By the end of 2016, 500,000 homes and businesses will be able to access this technology. It's probably no surprise to anyone that L. Stanton's costings on the NBN are way off mark.

The NBN recently estimated that a return to FTTP rollout would cost $80 billion and would take until 2026 or 2028 to complete. Labor first promised their NBN would cost $4 billion and be completed by 2016.

The Coalition's NBN using a mix of technologies is a better solution for decentralised regional communities than running fibre to every premises.

L. Stanton knows this as her community of Boreen Point already has NBN thanks to the Coalition's Fixed Wireless network.

Not a single premises in Wide Bay was connected to fibre under the Labor Government.

L. Stanton also repeated the Labor spokesman's claim that the Optus HFC network is not 'fit for purpose'.

The NBN has publicly confirmed its HFC trial in Queensland is proving to be a great success and users are receiving speeds of around 100mbps download and 40mbps upload.

If L. Stanton wants to prove to Wide Bay that she is more than a mouthpiece for Labor's city-centric policies she should elaborate on Labor's plan for telecommunications services for Wide Bay.

Residents of Wide Bay have a right to be sceptical of L. Stanton's pie-in-the-sky NBN promises.

Gympie Times

Topics:  broadband, broadband internet, editors picks, nbn



Haplessly helping out

Bruce Devereaux who is giving up his bank job to go full time on his daddy blog and to be a Stay At Home Dad.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times

Bruce explains the difficulties he has helping around the house.

Who's on Meals on Wheels duty?

HOME DELIVERY: Gympie Meals on Wheels deliver nutritious meals five days a week.

Gympie Meals on Wheels roster for week ending September 30

Tips and trivia: Things you didn't know about tomatoes

Jody Allen loves one spring crop more than any other.

Local Partners

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

WATCH: Justin Bieber grabbed in Germany

A video has emerged of singer Justin Bieber being attacked

Why The Wrong Girl is right for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais and Ian Meadows in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

ACTOR makes the sometimes awkward character her own in new comedy.

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Highway upgrade drives momentum in affordable market

Accessibility and affordability are keeping interest high

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state