'Do NBN plan for Coalition policy' | St George & Sutherland Shire …

May 9, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

THE company building Labor’s national broadband network has been asked to write a “corporate plan” based on the Coalition’s broadband policy.

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott, the head of the parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise Labor’s NBN roll- out, has called on NBN Co to set its sights on the alternative policy.

Mr Oakeshott wants NBN Co to complete the plan quickly so Australians can properly compare the two parties’ policies before the election.

The committee met in Sydney on Friday to hear submissions from NBN Co executives about the roll out.

The cost of the NBN emerged as a matter of disoute, with NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley maintaining that Labor’s figure of $37.4 billion to build the NBN was correct, and that he had new cost breakdowns to support his estimates.

Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull, also a member of the committee, has said that the NBN would cost as much as $94 billion to build.

Despite NBN Co repeatedly announcing that the project has been progressing slower than expected over the past few years, Mr Quigley was adamant the NBN was progressing “on time and on budget”.

He said Labor’s more expensive plan to run fibre optic cable to every house in Australia was a better solution than the Coalition’s cheaper, slower alternative, which runs fibre to street corners and then piggybacks on copper for the “last mile” to the house.

Mr Quigley said there would be “substantial” costs to repair Australia’s ageing copper network if NBN Co was to switch to the Coalition’s version of the network.

Mr Turnbull included no estimate of copper repair costs in his NBN policy document.

See related story: http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1481465/residents-left-in-the-dark-over-nbn-roll-out/?cs=15071

References

  1. ^ http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1481465/residents-left-in-the-dark-over-nbn-roll-out/?cs=1507 (www.theleader.com.au)

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